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Faculty with artwork on exhibition (full statement)

Janice Kmetz

1 T-shirt
1 coffee mug
4 business cards
1 embroidered bath robe (I have a nice grey mannequin)
I package 12h 6w 6d inches.

 

Artist's Statement

Why I do what I do
Most design professionals are in a highly complex working environment, both technological and methodological. In many situations the communication challenges are multilayered. Design challenges must be explored from multiple viewpoints; client, user, designer, societal needs, purpose. Yet in the end design communication is often one and one.

Design is fashion driven therefore it is important to design with longevity, economy and flexibility in mind. This is especially true when developing a brand for a small business with budget constraints as are the examples I am presenting.

 

Design is fashion driven therefore it is important to design with longevity, economy and flexibility in mind. This is especially true when developing a brand for a small business with budget constraints as are the examples I am presenting.

 

I believe my success as a design professional is grounded in my willingness to listen and question effectively. My design process involves research, critical analysis, brief writing, storytelling, and the design process, presentation of concepts as well as solutions and often in the end artifact production. Having a curious mind is essential. , as well as seeking an effective solution without preconception. I emphasize the importance of a questioning mind to my students. Thinking with a generous spirit is at the heart of my teaching.

 

As a Designer I have worked as a member of interdisciplinary teams with a variety of challenges, in disciplines ranging from engineering, science, marketing, architecture, urban planning and more. I see the university as a place where design faculty and students can work together with faculty and students from a range of disciplines. And best of all we can use those teams to reach out to our community and “design for good.”

 
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