A b o u t C a r r i e
Carrie Hack is a passionate designer and artist with a multitude of skill sets and talents. Her areas of expertise include product design, surface and pattern design, color material and finish knowledge, sustainability design, and new materials and processes. Her hands on skills, in-depth material knowledge, and strong attention to aesthetic detail contribute to the success of her design process.
She grew up in Syracuse, New York and now resides in Kohler, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz holding a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics. She currently works as an Industrial Designer for Kohler's Kitchen and Bath Americas on their decorative products and CMF (color material and finish) team. She also creates her own work in her studio at home in her spare time.
While at the State University of New York at New Paltz she also competed on the women's DIII varsity volleyball team. During her time there she lead as a captain, achieved two Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA tournament, and received an All-American honorable mention. She also holds the record for the highest amount of career digs ever recorded for in the school's history. Her passion and success in sports carries over to her competitive drive in design and deep understanding of the importance in team collaboration.
In her free time she continues playing competitive beach volleyball and maintains a very active and healthy lifestyle. She creates ceramics and paints in her studio at home while also practicing film and digital photography. Travel and exploring the outdoors inspires her creatively and are a huge passion in her life.
d o m a i n s
p r o d u c t d e s i g n
Meaningful products are designed with a focus on material authenticity and unique storytelling. Backed by user-centered research, trend insight, and form sensitivity, the experience of the user's interaction with the object is top of mind. A direct relationship to material and processes allows for designs to be expedited through a deeper understanding on limitations and capabilities. This understanding allows strategic process innovation to take place more efficiently in collaboration with manufacturing . Mood boards, ideation sketching, CAD models and rendering software are all used to communicate design intent and solution opportunities.
s u r f a c e d e s i g n
Patterns are brought to life within surfaces focusing on merging effortlessly with form to create a cohesive solution. Variety ranges between 2 dimensional repeat art patterns to 3 dimensional engineered vector patterns. From minimal patterns to add tactility to a surface, to full spread decoration, the material, design style, and intent of use are always highly considered in order to devise the most intuitive results. All pattern directions are thoroughly researched to tie a story or background into an object. Mood boards, ideation sketching, vector artwork in adobe illustrator and flat artwork in adobe photoshop are utilized.
c o l o r / m a t e r i a l / f i n i s h
No product is complete without the right color, material and finish (CMF) solution. Extensive experience in trend tracking and forecasting allows for selecting CMF that resonate within a product, attract the right consumers, and express the right emotion. Having a perfect eye for seeing color dials in the right hue, value, and saturation level. An in depth background of technical ceramic knowledge has translated easily into learning a multitude of material sets including wood, stone, composites, plastics, silicone, textiles, metals and enamel. The finish is then narrowed down to enhance the color and material decisions.