For International Women's Day we did a Q&A with one of our female teammates. Ashley is a 25 year-old industrial designer from the University of Kansas who has been with the company for 2.5 years.
What do you at Core?
I am an Industrial Designer. I design a majority of our soft goods products – which are tents, sleeping bags, chairs, and shelters.
What got you interested in industrial design?
Growing up, I have always been a creator and artistic. I spent my free time drawing and painting, turning boxes into houses for my Barbie’s and making toys and figurines out of modeling clay. So when I found out that industrial design was a career, it only felt natural to continue on that path and turn my hobbies into something I could do for a living.
What’s your favorite part of being and industrial designer.
I think the most rewarding part of being an industrial designer is that I get to see my ideas come to life. It’s so neat that a product can go from a drawing I made to being in the hands of users all across the country.
There seem to be fewer females in Industrial design than males. Why do you think that is?
I think that there are fewer female industrial designers because I feel like we are not educating young girls that it is an optional career. I also think that the word “industrial” gives the career a perception that it is technical and masculine. When in reality, industrial design can be whatever you want it to be. Industrial designers can go into toy design, furniture design, car design, product design – the possibilities are endless. Industrial design is a highly competitive field, which is another reason I feel like women may be intimidated by it.
Do you have any advice for other young females in predominantly male professions?
If making and designing things is your passion, don’t let anybody tell you you’re not capable! Follow your dreams and make them a reality.