Meet Whipsaw: Hi, KelleeMay 17, 2018
Here at Whipsaw, we are known for creating smart, unique, and intuitive solutions that profoundly connect with end users. In our ‘Meet Whipsaw’ series, we will be spotlighting the individual team members at Whipsaw working hard behind the scenes to develop our award-winning designs.
We sat down with Industrial Designer, Kellee Kimbro, to chat about how she found design and how she embraces a design-centric lifestyle outside of Whipsaw.
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Kelle Kimbro, Industrial Designer
Where are you from?
What inspired you to be a designer?
As a child I was always building and creating objects – anything from puzzles, to large wooden play houses with power tools or writing goofy plays. George Nelson really inspired me to be a designer because I was drawn to his well-crafted, minimal, and playful furniture/home decor. My first major in college was “sculpture”, but instead of making sculptures I would make things that were functional such as lamps and tables. I didn’t really fit into sculpture, so when I researched furniture design I discovered George Nelson and he was someone that did something I could relate to.
What do you like most about design?
The ability to creative problem solve and critically think. Design is more than creating a beautiful object, it has so much process and thinking behind it. I think that creative problem solving is important not just with design but with life.
“Design is more than creating a beautiful object, it has so much process and thinking behind it.”
What is the best thing about working at Whipsaw?
Personal freedom. Whipsaw is great about recognizing what the strengths, weaknesses, and passions are of their designers. If you want to get really good at CAD, sketching, rendering, or in my case design research, they encourage you pursue that as long as you can apply it to a project/client. I think it’s important that a company creates an environment that celebrates personal growth and gives you the time to explore new skills.
“As a female industrial designer, it is our responsibility to mentor other females, teach them to speak up about an idea, to be confident in themselves, to not worry about what others around them are doing, and focus on what the real solutions are.”
What are your thoughts on being a female designer in the design industry?
My short answer is that it’s hard. My longer answer is that more women can be industrial designers, but the industry leaders need to step up, actively seek them out, and hire them. If you are a woman in the industrial design field, my advice is to find female mentors anywhere (I have several!). As a female industrial designer it is our responsibility to mentor other females, teach them to speak up about an idea, to be confident in themselves, to not worry about what others around them are doing, and focus on what the real solutions are.
When you’re not working at Whipsaw, what can we find you doing?
I am always doing different things, but recently I have been building a 12′ long tiny sail boat in my garage modeled after the Australian Sailfish Dinghy. I wanted something that could fit onto the top of my car so I started doing research and the boat style that seemed best is called a Sailfish, a predecessor to the popular Sunfish.
Go-to karaoke song? Can I have three?! No Doubt – Just a Girl / Janis Joplin – Me and My Bobby McGee / Lynard Skynard – Simple Man.
Favorite outdoor activity? Snowboarding in the winter, camping in the summer. ?
Super power? Some kind of power where I could use nature to create good in the world. It would be cool to be able to instantly grow food crops and trees or clean the ocean in an instant.
One food for the rest of your life? Any kind of taco; simple yet delicious! ?
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