What I really loved about the Product Design (MDes) program was that with each project I had the freedom to dip my toes, sometimes quite deeply, into an entirely new field. Whether it was material and process exposure, learning about local manufacturing, or in-depth research on material supply chain impacts, I came away from each project as a degree of expertise.
I've always had a passion for making. I came into the Product Design (MDes) program to learn how to make at a higher level. With the foundational skills I fostered during my BA in Studio Arts, I advanced to a new sphere of possibilities and awareness in product design. From hands-on experience and guided instruction in digital fabrication tools, to concept building and assumption challenging discussions in design thinking, I came away from UArts with a new bag of skills and insight into the business of design. Today, I'm working as a product designer and production manager at KerfCase. The business is driven by our wooden cell phone cases and supplemented by various tech and home goods. Everything is made in-house. We are both designers and manufacturers. With much excitement, our catalog of products is growing as my training in product design is being put to good use.