Along with being an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University, Kate Bingaman-Burt is also an illustrator and owns and operates Outlet. She proudly sits on the board of directors for Design Week Portland. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Kate and I talk about Design Week Portland, a week-long event April 14-21, 2018, her passion for educating the next generation of designers, the power of community, and how her work as an illustrator and professor is fueled by Design Week Portland.

Several quotes from this episode:

  • “I think about designing space and experiences and how students are engaging with the space and how students are coming into a space that they don’t know and how it’s my responsibility to make it feel like it’s a place for them.”
  • “I really, really, really like thinking about how people can best effectively use their time and get the most out of something.”
  • “I really just love working with something that’s bigger than anything that I could possibly do by myself.”
  • “You don’t have to wait to be done with design school to be a part of that [design] world, it’s happening now.”
  • “Yes, Design Week is one week, but for me it really continues throughout the entire year.”
  • “One of the things that has always been a hurdle for students, and anyone really, is just being afraid to make things.”
  • “You’ve gotta figure out what your story is before you turn around and you help other people tell their stories.”
  • “I’m a big believer in leading by example and I’m also a big believer in being very transparent with my experiences too.”
  • “I hope that people are able to enter into the craziness of Design Week at their own speed.”

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