Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, I was lucky in that from an early age I was able absorb the culture, art, and style of this great metropolis. This foundation plus a natural talent drove me to study fine art since a young age. Inspired by the Bauhaus and mid-century designers like Ray and Charles Eames lead me to pursue a BFA in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After moving back to New York, this time to Brooklyn, I transitioned my skills for empathy, problem solving and 3 dimensional thinking to the field of user experience, and working for some of the leading digital agencies in New York City.
Good design is a dialogue between the object and the user. The design of a product needs to communicate ease of use with maximum functionality through the elegance of style.
Whether referring to a coffee pot or the lay out of a coffee shop the experience needs to be one of seamless action and intuitive response.
As designers we need to look at our products responsibly; through the material it is made of- and where it is sourced, to be able to reduce our footprint as consumers. Do we want to carry on the destructive habits of the past, or move in a more sustainable direction?.
By 'up-cycling' instead of just 're-cycling' we are using what we already have so that we won't add to landfills and extending the life of consumable products.