At the end of the academic year, CCAD names the faculty-selected outstanding seniors for each undergraduate major. Today, in part seven of our nine-part series, meet Industrial Design outstanding senior Justin Brown.
Q: What was your proudest achievement while at CCAD?
My Zwei Desk I created my junior year; it was selected for the Design Emphasis Showcase at the International Woodworking Fair, and I placed second in my category.
Q: What scared you the most while you were at CCAD?
I broke my arm my freshman year while throwing a dodgeball. I didn’t think I was going to finish the year. I was in a temporary cast for a week, then I had to have surgery and couldn’t move my arm for about a month, and then I was in another cast after that.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
I have a job. Throughout the year and during school breaks I have been interning at MidWest Studios in Indiana. I will be an exhibit design fabricator.
Q: What’s your ultimate dream job or goal?
Just being a craftsman; craft is something that I try to emphasize in all my work. So as far as a dream job I can’t really pinpoint that—as long as I am able to build and be a craftsman.
Q: Do you remember a single point that made you sit back and say, “This is why I am doing this?”
There have been a lot of times when I am asking “why am I doing this?” and I don’t know if that’s been answered yet. It is one of those questions I am still looking to answer. Meeting with my teachers has been very inspiring and they have pushed me to where I am now.
Q: What smell, word, or whatever will always remind you of your time here as a student?
The Motorist building—it always just reminds me of Columbus.
Q: What will you miss the most?
Probably the old wood shop and working with Frank Laskowsky and John Henning.
Q: What are you most excited to leave behind?
The stress, absolutely.
Q: If you could describe what graduation feels like in one word or sentence what would it be?
I would have to say a relief, and I’m looking forward to it.
Q: What was your favorite class at CCAD?
Conceptual drawing with Thornton Lothrop—it was a test class. I learned a lot of things in that class and a lot of interesting concepts that weren’t necessarily covered in my major, and the teacher was very, very inspiring.
Q: What did you like to do during your free time?
I build furniture; it is all I do. I don’t exhibit or sell it, I just give it away. It allows me to keep up with that hobby and be able to just be a craftsman.
Q: What is your fondest memory at CCAD?
Working in the wood shop with Frank and John, that was great.
Q: What would you change about your undergraduate career?
I would have had more of a Fine Arts emphasis. I would take glassblowing, more ceramics, and woodworking, and I would combine those three mediums into a thesis. I have always had this dream of just making bowls out of all three mediums to emphasize the craft.
Learning that stuff is definitely still an option; it’s not too late. I think that if I want to pursue something like that I would look into an apprenticeship, something I can do in my free time, since right now I don’t necessarily want to go back to school.
What is your advice to future CCAD students?
Choose your major wisely.
Brown is a native of Troy, OH, and attended Miami East High School.
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