Becoming a better Designer

Around this time last year I started blogging regularly and I wanted it to document my journey from here to there – there being IDEO.

I'm not there yet but a friend of mind posed a really great question. What if the industry still existed but ideo no longer exists? Then what?

This question was posed to ensure I wasn't putting ideo on a pedestal and for me to research and figure out other ways to do the work I'm interested in. It floored me. I had no responses and began to wonder," are there any other companies that do similar work?"

Regardless of the answer, I believe that I first have to become a better designer. I need to be designing for people in need, and to be solving real world problems. They can be small or big- but the best ones are within reach.

Most of design today is based on existing products that are slightly modified, but planned for obsolescence.

I keep debating if it's wise to return to school for a graduate degree or if I can continue in my field to gain additional experience. The field has grown exponentially and it's become competitive in a different playing field. But IDEO.org stands out to me as they focus on designing for people in poverty.

This hits home because my family knows what it means to grow up in poverty and struggling. Ever since I learned the power of design, I've wanted to use it to do good and to service people. It's what drew me deeper into the world of product design- designing products to improve people's lives.

So where does one start to improve themselves as an industrial designer? Especially when access to tools and understanding of engineering is limited- insert me and my scenario. Often you'll hear people say scratch your own itch. But for me, industrial design is all about scratching the itch for other people in need.

Allow me to re-introduce myself:

A re-introduction to my blog: I created this blog as a documentation of my journey to becoming a professional designer. Of course I’ve gotten side tracked and even fell off posting, but I wanted to start fresh on this 1 day of MAY! This year I started out…

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Educational Trip

After visiting a few art shows these past few weeks, I was formally introduced to Allan C. from SVA and heard about a summer program that would be taking place in Boisbuchet, France. So, I am taking my chances in hopes to experience something great, and that will help me with my design career path. I’ll be sure to update about whats happening, otherwise, feel free to stop by again. If your interested in looking at my “leisure” blogging site, check out my page on tumblr. You can also follow me on twitter @keshnathermitus – though I don’t think I have much to say there. until next time, kd.