Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words
I believe design can be a tool to uplift voices whether it be by supporting BIPOC typographers or creating an identity for a non-profit organization, design can be a vehicle for change. I am a unique applicant because I like to combine my knowledge of architecture and design with activism.
Give us your bio in under 500 words
My name is Cameron Carmen. Most people get my first and last name mixed up ︎ for obvious reasons. I don't mind. I am a senior at the University of Southern California where I study Design and Architecture. I am dedicated to curating cultural change by amplifying silenced voices in my work. I am drawn to creating opportunity and beauty in social change.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is move across the country at 16 to study art at a boarding school called Oxbow in a city I’ve never heard of.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity comes first. I think creativity and innovation are a cyclical process of error and bravery. Both require you to say yes to the unexpected.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Companies need clarity and creativity because that is the only way to design for people. People are diverse and have different needs and problems and it is the job of designers to discover solutions. Those solutions are only possible with the clarity (of the audience, the issue, cause) and creativity.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
Work on my knitted sweater; it takes a lot of time to knit a sweater and currently it's only arms.
5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?
I want to solve homelessness with design.
6. Explain your creative process
I’m inspired by the things that surround me so I often just sit and soak up information through movies, walks, books and I take aspects of it and create a solution. The solution usually starts with a feeling; most often the feeling is empathy. Then I create an image for the feeling and it goes from there.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
You can’t succeed if you don’t try even if you fail at first.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
Creativity is trying things once, even if it’s silly. Creativity is saying yes to silly things and sitting with it until you create something great.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
5ft7 x Tonstartssbandt
Prototype x Outkast
Is It Any Wonder x Durand Jones
Electric Relaxation x A Tribe Called Quest
Ladies x Fiona Apple
The Man Who Sold The World x David Bowie
The Boss x James Brown
Viva Tirado x El Chicano
Trop Tard x MUNYA
Asri Gurbet x Cem Karaca
10. How do you want people to remember you?
I want to be remembered as kind.
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Which country issued your passport?
United States of America
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