A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in IBM Asks. IBM asks is is a interview series sponsored by IBM Design, with the goal of bringing in a variety of designers into the IBM design studios to tell their story. What made this experience even better for me was I got interview my former professor and mentor, Kate Bingaman Burt . Kate holds many roles, some of which are Illustrator, Associate Director of the Portland State University School of Art+Design, super funny nice lady and lover of soft pretzels.
“You should start projects because you feel like you are going to either explode, or vomit, or both. You’ve gotta have that kind of burning desire in your stomach to do it.“ — Kate Bingaman-Burt
During the interview Kate and I discussed a variety of topics including entering communities while respectively and actively engaging with them, the role of mentor vs leader vs collaborator, and how to create rules that hold you accountable to make more (And how to actually follow through on them).
One of the most fascinating take-aways I got from the interview was the overlaps in design practices that Kate and IBM design focus on. The realm of design that Kate focuses on (commercial and project based art) is very different than what we tend to work on at IBM Design, but at the end of the day good design has similar practices. Empathize with your user, make mistakes and don't forget to sometimes make weird just just for the hell of it.