My name is Ashleigh Otto, and I believe that design should make everyone's life better.
Like many designers before me I am a generalist first and a specialist after. My greatest admiration is for the "renaissance men" of the past, and I find myself constantly learning and seeking out new subjects and skills. I believe that to design for people means really knowing people. For me knowing people is all about observing people, talking to people, and getting hands-on and working with people.
As designers, we like to pride ourselves by thinking "The designer knows best." In reality, a good designer LEARNS best.
"Anyone who uses a properly designed object feels the presence of the artist who has worked for HIM, bettering his living conditions and encouraging him to develop his taste and sense of beauty" -- Design as Art, Bruno Munari
Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge II: Finalist
Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge IV: Best Use of Aluminum -- SolarMill Group Entry
Eli Lehman Award: Altruistic Design
Autodesk Student Expert