Design Talks welcomes Industrial Designer Jasmine Kent: Taking Up Space
About this Event
As a designer, I've found that you always have to prove your worth. As a black designer, I've found you have to do that twice as much. As a mother, I've found you have to do it three times as much. And as an ally, I've found that it never stops. We all have intersectional identities, obstacles, and people need our help to be uplifted and heard. My talk is centered around how these burdens can become building blocks to our identities as designers. My talk highlights my journey and how I extended each of my identities to fill the space I was in, leaving it differently than I came. I hope when we finish our conversation, that you are able to acknowledge and honor all of your identities, like branches of a tree - acknowledge them, water them, and bloom so that every space you touch is filled with the scent of your life.
About Jasmine Kent
Jasmine Kent is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received her B.S. in Architecture and competed in D1 NCAA Track & Field. Jasmine went on to receive her Master's of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University in 2018 where she focused on design research, soft goods, and the intersection of Apparel and Industrial Design. Currently, Jasmine works at Under Armour as an Apparel Designer where she has designed market leading sports bras and creates Run specific sportswear and innovation. She believes that at the intersection of art, sport, and culture is innovation and liberation. One of her notable projects at Under Armour is the Infinity Bra, rooted in biomechanics research, thoughtful design, and validated by women.
Jasmine is very passionate about creating community for black designers everywhere. With a group of her peers, she co-created Hue Design Summit in 2016, an annual un-conference for black designers and developers of color to cultivate community. Jasmine serves as their Community Strategist where she develops outreach initiatives to connect the community with engaging speakers/workshop leaders, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, and influential black designers.