My parents are both designers, so I had a foggy idea what industrial design was about, but the Pre-College faculty truly opened the doors for me to new possibilities. I met some great people who I still hang out with, and three people in my Pre-College class enrolled in CCA’s Industrial Design Program later on.
We did four big projects in two weeks. My first all-nighter ever. We did the egg-drop project—a classic—but the twist was that a brick and an egg had to be dropped in the same package from two stories and neither could be damaged.
Next was a cardboard chair with no glue or materials besides cardboard. Really fun.
After that we had to design and build a functional solar oven. I got mine to 350 degrees, and then baked some cookies.
The last project was to design a shoe that was either 100 percent recyclable or 100 percent nonrecyclable. I think I was the only one in the class who did 100 percent recyclable—priorities have changed since then.
Pre-College gave me an inspiring glance into what a design education would be like and connected me personally to real people at the college who were also great teachers. It was good that [the Pre-College Program] pushed students hard, as it motivated those of us who were really serious and made us aware of the challenges ahead.
Waldorf High School, San Francisco
summer 2000, Industrial Design
BFA, Industrial Design, 2005
designer, IDEO in Palo Alto
Influences at CCA:
Jay Baldwin, Gray Holland, Steven Skov Holt, Ian MacColl, Steve Penny, Sue Redding, Michael Schneider, Leslie Speer, Peter Stathis, Ignacio Valero, Bill Wurz