I’m an industrial designer, artist, philosophical thinker, Taoist, yogi, meditator, audiophile, newbie biker and runner, and lover of slow, romantic rituals.
Raised in the Waldorf curriculum, I learned to think with my hands and act with my heart. I grew up knitting gnomes, dipping beeswax candles and making magical healing salve—and I couldn’t be more grateful. My childhood was spent in Portland Oregon where I was surrounded by nature. I feel most at-peace sitting by a creek in the woods—watching the water flow endlessly—with nowhere else to be, or coming back to a warm and cozy home when it becomes too cold and rainy to be out. The well rounded seasons of the Pacific Northwest taught me to appreciate balance.
In my college years, I embarked on my life’s journey of mindfulness and began to explore meditation, philosophy and my deepest emotions with people who would become my closest friends. I began to question humanity's endless mission to make life more pleasing and convenient, which drastically influenced my path as a designer. It started with taking a closer look at our relationships with technology—specifically smartphones—and evolved into a passion to infuse more warmth into the cold world of convenience and technology.
After experiencing the industry from the inside, I believe I've found where my efforts as a designer can be most meaningful: designing at a local scale.
I believe that the global scale and demanding profits of large corperations will never be sustainable and—most importantly—will always take advantage of peoples, animals and the earth. I believe that working closely with our communities and using locally sourced materials and local manufacturing results in design that is more meaningful for the purchaser, maker and designer, more enduring within culture, and healthier for our planet—and us!
In this connected digital age, new responsibilities have arrived. We’ve let our products become our companions and extensions of our beings. By nature, their design now demands deeper and more thoughtful consideration.
As we’ve welcomed these new technologies into our lives, our relationships with our products and environments have developed deeper levels of complexity, which presents new opportunities and challenges. Intangibles such as the emotional connections we have with our products and environments now demand design consideration, but with technologies as powerful as AI, we now have opportunities to create beautiful personalized experiences not possible before. Our future relies on designers with immense curiosity, empathy and a passion to make the world a better place. I like to surround myself with people who push the boundaries of these values.
I am constantly rethinking our designed experiences and exploring the philosophical side of design. I often enjoy pondering questions like: How do we want to be living in the future? How can we design for well-being? How can we create less alienating interactions with technology that allow us to focus on what really matters?