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Terry Carr

Product Design

What resources at Art Center have been most valuable to your growth as an artist/designer?
One of the greatest and most valuable resources to my growth has been my fellow students. Whether it’s through getting inspired by the amazing work on the wall, interacting and forming social clubs, or simply through the camaraderie that forms through the shared experience as Art Center students — my peers remain a source of inspiration because everyone has something unique to bring to the table. 

How do you hope to change the world through your work?
Much of my design is inspired by what I believe be the greatest design of all, nature. Nature is a great example of how a design can grow and evolve over time. My work does not simply mimic nature, but instead draws inspiration from it to develop something truly unique. Through this observation of nature I hope to develop eco-friendly designs and strategies that contribute to (instead of take from) our environment. 

How has Art Center changed your worldview and/or creative sensibility?
During my time at Art Center, I have been selected to be a part of amazing projects that have allowed me travel abroad and experience different parts of the world. I am currently interning at BMW Group in Munich, Germany within the Advanced Design department. All of my abroad experiences were eye opening, and really impacted the way I view the world and myself. I now approach design and life from a much more broad perspective and this allows me bring creative solutions to everything I do.

What was your background prior to Art Center?
I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, where I did not have much exposure to the design world or art in general. My idea of an artist was a talented starving person. So becoming an artist was not high on my list until late in my high school years, when I was introduced to the field of car design. Even though I designed many of my own car and shoe concepts, I still did not think being a designer was tangible for me. So I enrolled in a local University on the path to become an engineer. After a few classes, I quickly realized that was not the career I wanted to pursue, and began researching design schools.

After a couple years at the College for Creative Studies, I transferred to Art Center. Here I am now, one term away from graduating from Art Center, and happy that I finally found a place that embraced and encouraged my passion to explore the world of design.

How/Why did you choose Art Center?
Prior to coming to Art Center I went to another design school. The bookstore in the other school was filled with many great design tutorial DVDs done by people who came from Art Center. I saw improvement in my work after following some of the techniques from the DVDs. At that point that I realized Art Center would be a better fit for me.

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