Brigit Bratland – My Passion in Industrial Design

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Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Brigit! I’m from Georgetown, Massachusetts and I recently graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Design! When not working on a design project I usually can be found reading or wandering around Boston.  In my spare time, I also look for ways to make my life more environmentally sustainable.

What got you interested in Industrial Design?

I was initially interested in Graphic Design, and through some research, I found the title “Industrial Design.”  When I read it, I knew that Industrial Design was what I wanted to do. I always had been building and trying to find out how things worked.  When I looked for schools that offered the degree, Wentworth came up, right here in Boston. As soon I was on Wentworth’s campus I knew I wanted to be a part of the community.

What advice would you give to students interested in majoring in Industrial Design?

Start drawing.  If you haven’t drawn before in your life, that’s okay. Start watching videos, reading books, asking friends, and talking to teachers about techniques and best practices. There is so much more to Industrial Design than drawing, but it’s something you can do anywhere, with limited space and materials.  All you need is paper and a pen.

We took a look at your portfolio on Behance, what project was your favorite?

There are so many different aspects to each project, but I’ll go with the boot I designed for a character from Harry Potter, Nymphadora Tonks. She’s a Dark Wizard Catcher, an Auror, that helps Harry in many of his adventures and is a fantastic female role model! I loved working on the project since it gave me the chance to put my comprehensive knowledge of the Wizarding World to use.

We noticed that you worked at CBT Architects and Design Museum Boston, how was your experience?

That’s a great question. I loved both positions as they gave me a chance to work as a designer.  At Design Museum Boston, I lived out my dream of being a Graphic Designer and worked on some wicked cool projects.  At CBT Architects, I experienced working at a much larger company and spent my time in the shop as a Model Maker, another skill I love using!  I learned so much about myself, the culture of a small company and co-working space, and what it takes to keep a large team moving smoothly through both of my co-ops.

What’s your dream job?

I love so many parts of the design process that this is actually a tough question, but I have two that stand out from the rest.  I would like to design props; as a kid, I was a voracious reader, and I would make the hero props from the stories out of any materials I could find in the house.  For most people, the screen is when they see the surroundings of characters come to life, so getting to create that would be unbelievable.

I also love working with soft goods, the fabric is an incredibly versatile material, and I love how a raw piece of fabric can be transformed into a product.

What’s your favorite food?

Chicken broccoli ziti from Lilly’s, it reminds me of Resident Assistant (RA) training and being on duty with some great people.

What is your favorite place in Boston?

The Greenway right outside Faneuil Hall, there is always so much life and frequently art on display there.

If you could invite a famous person over for dinner, who would it be?

Ummm, let’s go with Adam Savage. He’s a fantastic maker and has been an inspiration to so many people.  I have so many questions I want to ask, such as how he does so much, keeps track of his ideas, and definitely ask him questions about how he made some products!

Any shout-outs?

I will always have to thank my professors at Wentworth because they really inspired me to do the best work possible.  I also want to mention the housing department and RA staff at Wentworth who is the people that helped me learn how to get up and try again after something didn’t work, and design is all about failure, so that’s pretty critical.


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