Karmen Low

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I guess I've always known I had somewhat of an artistic side. In the third grade, I came home from school with a note from my teacher informing my mom that on that day’s spelling test, I chose to illustrate the spelling words instead of spelling them. That summer she enrolled me in a summer art class, and I remain to this day, a horrible speller.


I work way too much…so I’m open to suggestions as to what my new hobby should be. Just don’t say knitting. Been there, done that. It wasn’t pretty. I love audiobooks, I love coffee, I love spending times with those near and dear to me, I love peas.


Things that inspire me are:

- Truth (with a capital T)

- new freelance clients

- caffeine

- meeting new people with unfamiliar perspectives

- furniture/interior/product design

- joyful collaboration with great people


I am a serial dabbler. When it comes to design, I’m completely gaga for design that makes you slap yourself in the forehead and say “why didn’t I think of that?” I don’t get to see/do that very much in my day-to-day groove, so when I do, it’s a real treat.


My preference always seems to lean towards the simple, thoughtful, crafted, minimalistic, typography-driven. Decoration can have function, but it can also detract. I always try to envision the setting in which my pieces will be experienced before I even put pen to paper. Good design is so logic-driven that if you don’t begin with the expectation of function and appropriateness, you’re kind of doomed. If you communicate what you need to say in the simplest way possible, then you’re off to a really good start.

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