Hey, my name is Cole Townsend. I'm a product designer in🍀 Boston,
creating thoughtful solutions for office workflow at 🏢Robin.
Design is a trade. But there's nothing wrong with that. It's beautiful to make an art form from a trade; embracing the acquired skills for a field of work, applying outside knowledge to transform what it means to do design work and to be a designer.
I majored in Art at Williams College and graduated in 2015. If you need proof, my favorite artist is Thomas Eakins. I joke with my parents and friends that I "didn't do anything with my major." But going to Williams forced me to learn how to research thoroughly, write well, and think critically. Surrounding myself with more intelligent and driven people humbled me. Studying Art History helped me develop visual literacy: the ability to understand or derive the meaning of images. As of this past year, I can now say I've applied my major in a technical sense: I combined design and art history in a presentation I gave on Brutalism and Web Design at Refresh Boston.
I like to stay up to date and entertained. Here's what I'm listening to: