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Meet Our Design Guest, Lydia

​This week, the Design Department has had the pleasure of welcoming a special guest named Lydia Morris, a senior at SIU studying Industrial Design. She has been busy this week helping out with a variety of projects for the 2018 Catalogs including a canister set, a tape measure, and a marble tape dispenser. Get to know Lydia!

Lydia1.pngWhat do you like to do for fun?

I love traveling and seeing new places! My favorite part of traveling is discovering new foods and visiting art museums/interesting gift shops for design inspiration. At home, I enjoy reading, trying new recipes, and working on personal projects (usually something involving fabric or paper).

One thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I moved a lot as a kid. I've lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. I feel most at home on my grandma's farm in Illinois and the Ozark hills in Missouri!

What is your design style?

I'd say my taste is fairly eclectic, but I gravitate towards Scandinavian design and anything with a clean, simple shape and bright colors. I also love patterns, textiles, and objects with mixed materials and textures.

What is your favorite product you have designed?

My favorite product I've designed is either a children's violin case that looks like an alligator, or a cookie cutter set for Christmas trees that slot together to make a 3D cookie (just like Design Ideas' Christmas tree decorations, but edible!).  

If you had to use one DI product every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

I would choose the cork board that's shaped like the United States. I love how the surface actually shows the topography, and I think it would be a fun way to mark where I've traveled and display photos.

Can you share one fun thing you've learned this week?

I've loved seeing how even the simplest objects have so much thought put into each detail! It's also been great to watch how the design team works with the manufacturers, since that's the one part of the process I don't get to experience with my school assignments.

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