David Conrad is Seattle area designer and celebrity, largely responsible for the growing design community.
It was great getting to know more about him as well as get some ideas for creativity with my own kids.
I hope you enjoy it his answers as much as I did!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a guy, living in Seattle, married to children’s book author and all-around amazing woman. We have two kids, seven and eleven, who are the sun in our solar system. I’m also the owner and design director at Design Commission, a user experience design firm in Seattle where we battle against complicated digital products through the application of two simple concepts – truth and magic.
David with his wife, daughter and son.
How did you get started as a designer?
My life as a designer was officially started when my mom dragged me to the International Design Conference in Aspen in 1995. She had a sense that I’d like design and by the end of the first day I was hooked. I also spent a lot of time in high school and college hanging around with geeks and so I learned a lot about networks and computers and that really solidified my interest in the intersection between design and technology. That was the seed that sprouted Design Commission.
I first met Jacob about 10 years ago, and not only is he a kind, humble guy, but he’s also created not one, but TWO very successful Kickstarter campaigns, the BASICS Wallet and BASICS Notebook.
Read below to hear about his early memories as an inventor and where he draws his inspiration.
Read on if you want to be an inventor, or product designer and need some inspiration
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jacob Durham I was raised in Arizona, then when I was in 7th grade I moved to Japan for 3 years, then spent the last two years of High School in Salt Lake City where I currently am living. After High school I served an LDS Mission in Busan, South Korea for 2 years and after that I started college at BYU Idaho. I got married in 2008, and finished out my schooling by getting a Masters degree in Accounting at BYU. After Graduating I worked with a public accounting firm for a year then with my family’s business doing operations for another year, and then got into Kickstarter. Now I am self employed, running Kickstarter projects and selling our products online under the business name BASICS Products. I have 2 kids that are everything to me. When I am not spending time with them, I like road biking, photography, and developing and innovating cool new products.
Jacob Durham with his daughter, wife, and baby on the way
How did you get started doing product design?
I have always loved design and innovation. When I was young my brothers and I used to invent machines that would do things like pour your cereal or turn off your light for you when you were lying in bed. I’ve been creating things since I was very young. I love being creative and I also love business, when I figured out how to use these two passions together on the Kickstarter platform in summer of 2014, I began to get absorbed in the process of developing products and bringing them to the market through Kickstarter.
It’s hard enough to be a parent, or a founder as it is, but add them together? When do you sleep?!
But I seriously want to know, when DO you sleep? How are you able to get it all done? Hopefully, by creating this very niche (but maybe not so much) community of parents who also happen to be creators, or founders, we can learn from each others successes and failures.
If you know of anyone that you think would be a good fit, please let me know on Twitter.