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Publication Date: 2015-02-19

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Proust on Design: Kathryn M. Ireland

Kathryn M. Ireland answers the probing CLOTH & KIND Proust on Design questionnaire.

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
NOTHING SHOUTING OUT IN THE ROOM.

what is your greatest fear in design?
TOO MUCH MEDIOCRITY.

which living designer do you most admire?
ROBERT KIME.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
THE TECH WORLD.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
NOW, I'VE GOT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND TONS OF ENERGY.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
MY FIRST FABRIC COLLECTION.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be?
MYSELF.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
DRAWING TRUE TO SCALE.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
MY TAPE MEASURE.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
USING ALL ONE COLOR.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
FUCK.

what is your favorite design related word?
REDO!

what is your least favorite design related word?
REPURPOSE.

what turns you on in design?
PERFECT PROPORTIONS.

what turns you off in design?
PEOPLE WHO DONT LISTEN.

what is your motto in design?
GO WITH YOUR INSTINCTS.

IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Kathryn M. Ireland.

ABOUT PROUST ON DESIGN // Answered by our design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. Proust believed the direct questions and honest responses that they elicited revealed the true nature of the individual. For this column, we have put a design related spin on the traditional questions. While this method has been used by many journalists throughout the years, we were primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of one of our all time favorite magazines, Vanity Fair (also Krista’s alma mater). Read all of the previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.

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