Design may or may not be a laughing matter, but when Soyun Kim sees bad design, the experience for her is just not funny. “Sometimes I see an object make a user uncomfortable, like a bad joke,” she said.
Kim is a natural problem solver who took an interest in design at an early age. “I found I was sometimes bothered by poorly designed objects and I often wondered, ‘Why can't this be different?’”
Naturally, that led Kim to focus on product design and fostered a keen interest in the user experience.
Before leaving Togo at age 16 to come to the US, Mansour Ourasanah knew he loved to draw.
“I watched cartoons and the only way I could remember them was to draw them,” Ourasanah noted. “I never took art classes, but I became known as the kid who drew.”
After mastering English, Ourasanah enrolled at Notre Dame, where he tried out mechanical engineering. “I didn’t like the technicality of engineering,” he reported. “I wanted something more artistic, so I tried architecture. Then I discovered industrial design.”