Impact on your Work/Life?
My four years have undoubtedly given me all the skills and tools I need to realize my dream as a product designer; but even more so, Otis has shaped who I am (as friend, sister, daughter) in unimaginable ways.
I was born in Hørsholm, Denmark, and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, with my family. I consider both my hometowns.
Why Otis? Why Product Design?
I was drawn to Otis’ energy, location, and people. Product design offered more diversity in the skills you can learn, the things you can design, the wide range of career paths it parepares you for.
Your thesis project?
I believe that when people feel comfortable, they feel self-confident. A major focus of my thesis project was taking an empathetic, user-centric approach in my design. My goal was to provide comfort to the consumer. Comfort can be functional, physical or psychological. Understanding and identifying the specific areas of users’ discomfort determines if the design is a tangible or intangible solution.
Interesting things you did outside of school?
I regularly danced around my apartment with my roommates to take small breaks while doing homework.
Favorite place in L.A.?
The beach and viewpoints from hikes like Griffith Observatory.
I just finished a product design internship with a company called LOOPTWORKS, based in Portland, and am now working as a material designer at Nike.
When I was a little girl, I would sit on the floor and cut out paper hearts using just my toes.
Information/tips to share with future students?
Enjoy it while it lasts! Four years sounds like a long time, but it flies by. Be an amazing student but explore and try to do, see, and eat as many new, unusual, and exciting things as possible.