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Amber McAlpine

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to look at our class website.

After spending 5 semesters working for different companies across the US, I have developed professional design research experience working on projects for Whirlpool, Kohler Company, Chrysler, Honeywell, and Wrigley Company. Spending time on both the corporate side as well as the agency side, I have a unique perspective of what it is like to be client and also a consultant.

For my capstone project, I am designing research and strategy methods to better understand the potential for new products and solutions that address safety for female runners.

To see more of my work, check out my website ambermcalpine.com where I have also been updating progress on my capstone.

I was fortunate enough to attend a high school that valued experiential education where I was able to explore my interest of design. Starting my freshman year, I spent a week shadowing an Industrial Designer at a well known design consultancy in Columbus, Ohio, Priority Designs. From there I explored other areas of design from interior, back to product, and finally landing on design research my senior year of high school. Marrying my passions in both the creative and analytical realms, design research gained my interest very early on. Deciding to go to school for Industrial Design allowed me to explore my creative side and better understand the design process which led me to be able to gain insight into what is needed from research in order to ensure insights are taken into the design process effectively.
Although I spent most of my life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, I was born in Oregon and will always love the pacific northwest. I’m a distance runner on both the Cross Country and Track Varsity teams at the University of Cincinnati and have found it to be a great outlet for me while also teaching me to be disciplined and use my time wisely.

Thank you for checking us out! Hope to see you at the show!