Director of Product Design and Development
This is about shaping space in a variety of senses – tackle visual and acoustic. Linking the mechanics of how things go together to solve human problems and celebrate human senses.
Be a good human.
I joined the TURF team because they have a reputation for putting design first.
Think outside the box.
Design for the void.
Seek challenge, question assumptions, promote good, learn always.
Product Design Manager
Being able to provide elegant, designed products that enhance everyday spaces people interact in makes way for new avenues of exploration.
Bottom up design. Every design decision comes from details. Functionality should take precedence over decoration.
Architectural Project Manager
I prefer thinking about design more holistically, and following architect Ernesto Rogers’ philosophy: “spoon to a city”. I like working on all scales of design problem solving.
Good design transforms and improves life on earth.
Production Design Manager
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in shaping space. I get most excited about producing engaging environments, fabricating interesting experiences and experimenting with new ways to make captivating spatial effect.
Design is the act of making with intent, solving problems creatively, and thinking critically about form and function at every scale.
Sr. Design Engineer
Design has forever changed the way I look at the world around me. It’s the never-ending quest to make things better than they were before. I love trying to max out all the best qualities of an idea; that’s why I joined Turf!
Keep it simple, keep it fun.
Tyler Van Kirk
Design can be both simple yet complex. It is both the product and the method. You can design at the scale of a city or the scale of a toothpick. If we limit what is and is not design, then we have already failed.
If you can design a better way to do anything, do it!
I grew up wrenching on various vehicles. One day, I realized some vehicles were easier to modify and repair than others because of the way they’d been built. I started to notice the thinking behind the production and form — the actual design of things. Although, I didn’t know it was called design at the time.
Less is more, unless something really lights you up, then go full ham.
My favorite way to think as a designer is to begin with an absurd idea and will it into reality. My favorite way to make that happen is through rigorous digital and physical testing.
Let’s build it.
Design is about commitment and elevating the spirit. One must stick to the intent, whether it is to be subtle or to be bold, and then test how much they can get away with.
"To complicate is easy. To simplify is difficult." —Bruno Munari
Learning music from an early age and being raised by designers, I grew up learning about sound and how it affects the built environment. It’s an often unseen “X-Factor” that can make or break the design of a space.
Design is the act of doing all things with intent and purpose. It is the idea of pouring thoughtfulness into every aspect of life.
Out of fear of boxing myself in, I approach being a designer as an ever-evolving cycle of gaining new experiences, perspectives, and ideas. The process of constantly asking new questions and merging ideas allows for unique solutions regardless of context or scale.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein