Lecture by Tae Kim of Alite Designs

Presented by the Graduate Program in Design
December 3, 2013, 7:00–8:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Reception: Timken reception area from 6 to 7 p.m.
Free and open to the Public

More info: Estee Eliasoph, eeliasoph@cca.edu, 415.551.9352

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Tae Kim founded Alite Designs. He grew up in Alaska, and we think the prolonged periods of long days and longer nights may have loosened a few screws in his skull.

As a young man, when Kim wasn’t trying to win a date with one of the only three women living in Alaska, he was following his crazy Alaskan uncle on expeditions into the wilderness. (Think Grizzly Man with a twist of Mr. Rogers, and you have an idea of Kim’s uncle.)

These education trips into nature were the genesis of his love for the outdoors. In order to encourage this same passion in others, Kim started designing for the outdoor market. He spent eight years as design director for The North Face before starting Alite Designs.

The idea behind Alite is to encourage easy outdoor activity that doesn’t require a passport, all-weather apparel, and sharp metal objects for scaling death-defying gradients. If the outdoor activity proves more difficult than finding a beach, setting up a chair, and popping the top on a longneck, then Alite generally steers clear.

As creative director, Kim conceives and oversees all product design for Alite.

Though Alite has only been producing products for three years, you can already observe the influence of Kim’s designs in the outdoor market through the proliferation of walk-around sleeping bags to ultra lightweight, collapsible furniture.

Kim is also founder and creative director for Boreas Gear, an adventure backpack and gear company also based in San Francisco.