Alex Brokamp is a furniture designer and recent grad from University of Cincinnati
When did you know you wanted to become a designer?
I don’t remember a specific moment when I wanted to become a designer. I have always just enjoyed making weird things ha ha. I do remember though when I was younger I used to always build skateboard ramps in my driveway with my friends. This was probably the first time I realized I enjoyed making stuff.
What are the biggest influences on your designs?
Since I just recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s industrial design program the biggest influence on my work thus far was being able to work in the same studio space with all of my talented friends and classmates. This was very inspiring to me because industrial design is such a broad field so I had the opportunity to observe people who were designing medical devices, electronics, or soft goods and see how their process was different from my own.
What would you say is your best design skill?
My best design skill is just a willingness to learn about new materials and processes. I am not amazing at one specific area of design, so I try to make up for that with hard work and a willingness to learn.
What do you think are the most interesting trends in your field right now and why?
I think one of the biggest trends in design is the continued intersection between the art and design worlds. As a result, I think this produces a variety of styles and trends because designers come from all different types of educational backgrounds. Therefore, I think design will never become stagnant because the design landscape is constantly being changed or challenged by new and diverse studio practices that are a result of different backgrounds.
What are you currently obsessing over and how does it influence your work?
I am currently obsessing over the skateboard brands Quasi and Isle. I really love the art direction behind both of these companies. My main obsession outside of art and design is skateboarding, so when I am not busy designing I am most likely skateboarding ha ha.
What projects are your favorite to work on?
My favorite projects to work on are ones that I am able to use a new material or process I have never used before. When designing I like to make work that has a personal story behind it, but still utilizes a form language or title that the user can identify with. This is one of the reasons why a lot of my designs revolve around experimenting with simple shapes that highlight interesting material and color compositions. When creating new work the end goal is to always create a piece that initiates and maintains a meaningful relationship with the consumer.