The Design POP Contributor
I have been using Configura since 2003, when I started working for a Steelcase Dealer in Reno Nevada. It was here I started using Configura to plan Spacesaver filing systems.
In 2008 I moved to Seattle Washington where I joined the Beta team for the Smart Tools extension. It was here that I fell in love with the software. I used CET designer during the next 5 years, while I was Lead Designer for Starbucks Coffee Company, both Corporate and Regional. It was during this time they did a complete re-stack of their corporate offices so I was able to transition them over to using CET.
In 2010 I won first place in the Configura rendering contest. I have a passion for rendering and the using all the capabilities that CET offers.
In 2014 I took a position with Allsteel as the lead designer for a Fortune 500 Seattle based strategic account. In 2016 Allsteel decided to start building their CET Designer extension and I joined the team to help develop and launch it.
During the extension creation I helped to create an entirely new tagging standard for the furniture portfolio, created development requirements, conducted testing, trained designers, created marketing material, and handled license administration. In addition I was the beta team organizer and helped with design support. I also created reference guides, designed our internal web site, and created demo videos and training.
As we released and dealers started adoption, I started to notice the same trends I had experienced as a dealer designer and some of the struggles designers run into when trying to adopt. Designers are super eager to adopt but they haven’t been set up properly with the right tools in order to make the transition.
I decided to take all of my experiences and create a company to help fill this gap. I want to be able to help designers early on in the adoption phase to have the necessary items to use CET Designer efficiently and effectively. By providing items like title blocks and ready made reusable files, there is no stop gap between starting a new project in CET and being able to produce the output necessary.
I want to help ease the transition frustration, and reduce the urge to return to their comfort zone of what they are familiar with. I also want to offer aid in creating renderings, and converting existing drawings. Anything that might stop a designer from returning to their old ways because of lack of time or knowledge.
I am passionate about CET Designer and the benefits it offers to designers. I believe when fully adopted, it helps them lead happier healthier lives. Designers can discover joy in producing output again. I believe this is something that sometimes get lost in the world of production design.
Title Blocks, Creating CET standards and templates, 1:1 personal training