We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Kindness and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up, I was always finding new and unique ways to be creative. Whether it was painting murals on my bedroom walls, or building tree houses with my brother in the woods next to our house. I have always sought out new ways to bring art into my life, even to this day. From a very young age my mom, who was an artist in her own right, sat me down and taught me everything she knew about drawing and painting. I owe a lot to her, in terms of my future career, as she was the one who first set me down this path! My career was not always going to be creative though, at first I went into business school in college, which I did love, but it wasn’t fulfilling to me. A friend of mine introduced me to his graphic design courses, and I immediately fell in love with the art form, and still to this day absolutely love what I do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out my career as a brand designer before quickly switching gears and going into web design full time. I absolutely love web and product design because it is truly limitless. Art and design is inherently, an iterative process to some extent. As an artist I never truly feel like my work is “finished,” and website design allows me to constantly improve upon my work. When I first went into the career I knew absolutely nothing about web design! Thankfully my boss was an incredibly generous person who saw a lot of potential in me and spent time teaching me everything he knew. I have learned countless lessons along the way but I think the most important one is how to accept and enjoy failure. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so every time I don’t succeed it’s a bit like a nail in the coffin to me. However, through every failure, experience is gained, and there really is nothing more valuable. I am happy to say that I have had far more successes in my career than failures, but it’s truly those times I did not succeed that stick with me and drive me to be better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I live in the Mission Beach area, so of course I would take them out for a day in the sun! We would probably grab some brunch at The Mission or Fig Tree Cafe, and hang out in Kate Sessions Park for a while, trying to pet everyone’s dogs since they run around off leash there. I would probably also take them down to Moniker Warehouse to check out the local Bradley Mountain shop which has a lot of really amazing hand-crafted pieces to shop from. I would end the night by heading over to Raised By Wolves in La Jolla to enjoy some drinks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I already mentioned my mom earlier for being a huge influence on my career, but there is another person who has also made a big impact! My brother, twin brother actually, has always been by my side, literally. He is a photographer in San Diego now, but he, like me, went into a business career first, as an accountant! He has also always been the creative type, it just took him a little longer to figure out what his passion was. Even before he went into a creative field, he has been a constant source of encouragement in my life and a support system that I truly don’t know what I would do without. I think anyone with a sibling can tell you this, but there is always an underlying sense of competition between us, which has fueled both of us to be the best that we can be. This is even more true with twins as not only are you in competition, but you also go through every big life moment together. I do not think I would be who I am, if I didn’t have him there to push me to never stop trying to be better, so thank you, David.
David Kindness @type1wild