WELCOME

My name is Ben Smith. Welcome to my online portfolio. I am currently a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. I will be graduating with a BFA in Interaction Design in the Spring of 2012.

View my résumé (online or in a .pdf) or visit a portfolio of some of the projects I've worked on, be it academic, personal or professional.

WHY I DESIGN

The world is nearly infinitely filled with interactions between individuals and their environments. Some of these individuals have their hand in how these interactions play out, whether they will be comfortable, easy, fast, secure, enjoyable—or not. These individuals are called designers.

It is our collective role, as designers, to change these interactions for the better. We have a lot of control over the future of humankind, and it's necessary for us to be aware of this control, and use it to better our shared environment. I'm excited to see what's next in the world. The future is going to be really interesting, and I want to be a part of it.

WHAT I'M INTO

When anyone asked me, as a kid, what I planned on doing when I grew up, I always had the same response: "Something with the word 'design' in it." But that's not the only thing that I'm interested in. Here are some lists and some things that top them for me:

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES

  • Drawing for Pleasure
  • Building Electronics
  • Skateboarding

3 FAVORITE FOODS

  • Pot Roast
  • Enchiladas
  • Peanut Butter

3 FAVORITE AMERICAN CITIES

  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

3 FAVORITE MOVIES

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Inception

3 FAVORITE DRINKS

  • Coffee
  • Black Tea Flavored Bubble Tea
  • Orange Cream Soda
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