I recently graduated with Highest Honors from Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design Program. Before starting at Pratt, I completed a two-year traditional boat building program at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI. Afterwards, I spent six years working as a boat builder/marine carpenter.
As a designer, I am interested in our interactions with physical objects. We live in
an increasingly digital world, where more and more physical objects are being replaced by on-screen apps and services. In general,
I think this trend is positive because it encourages us to produce fewer physical products and therefore use less resources
and generate a smaller amount of waste.
However, I think it is important for us to remember that we have more senses than simply sight and hearing. We love to smell, taste, and touch the world around us. We form emotional bonds with objects when we can establish a tangible connection with them. We crave the visceral experiences of real life.
The fact that we interact with fewer and fewer physical objects increases the importance of those objects that we do interact with. It is my goal to create products that enrich peoples’ lives and are a delight to experience.