Member Spotlight - Erin Kuschner

What is your position at Studio Collective?

Layout Designer and Editor.

What is your year? 

Third.

What is your major? 

Architecture.

Why do you heart Studio Collective? 

I get to work with so many inspirational peeps. My fellow SC members, the folks we interview, and our supporting faculty are all incredible designers and human beings. I'm lucky to get to be a part of such an outstanding crowd.

What does design mean to you? 

Design is an opportunity to make an impact on this world. Design comes with a moral obligation to create things that make our lives better. If I can grow up to design a house that makes someone’s life a little more beautiful, I’ll be so happy. If I can design an office that makes a person’s work exciting and enjoyable, wow. I’ve seen design that demands respect and inspires change and it starts every day at someone’s desk. That’s pretty exciting.

Who is your inspiration when it comes to creativity and design?

I’m inspired by the people who teach me. Maybe this means I want to be a teacher, I dunno. My studio professor Clive can talk for hours and not say anything that I disagree with. Some of the teachers I have are so good that I walk out of their class every time with the full intention of becoming and Architectural Historian or an Acoustics expert or a Screen Printer, depending on the subject. Not only is what they know awesome but they make it so exciting to learn.

If you could transform into any animal at will, what would it be and why? I would be a dog. I could hang out with my dog as dogs. Wow. I wouldn’t want to be a small dog-- probably a very large and furry one. People love big furry dogs so I could definitely eat for free and play games and go on walks. When I wasn’t busy being fun and adorable I would be sleeping because dog life seems to be exhausting. Yeah.

If you could be any character in a fictional world, who would it be and why? 

It’s funny that you asked me this question because I think about it all the time. As of right now, I would be a Leaf Village ninja in Naruto. I would love to devote my time to helping villagers and defeating evil ninja. Conversely, I would be hype about being a Sand Village ninja and being evil with crazy cool abilities.

What do you aspire to accomplish after college, and how do you think Studio Collective helped you prepare for it?

 I’m not sure what I want to do exactly. I want to live somewhere fun and I would really love to be happy. I might want to go to grad school. I don’t know if Studio Collective is preparing me for any of this but it’s a great way to meet people who I will probably know for the rest of my life. :)