Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words
I am the perfect applicant because I am someone who thrives in a multidisciplinary setting. I’m always asking questions, always trying to learn something new, and always seeking new perspectives.
Give us your bio in under 500 words
My name is Samuel Hardman (he/him) and I am a designer, artist, and filmmaker from Indiana (US). I recently graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a Bachelor of Industrial Design and a Minor in Film/Video. During my time at Pratt I took part in a wearable technology workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center, studied abroad in Denmark, worked part-time in the metal and wood shops on campus, and explored as much of NYC as I could. I am most passionate about design that directly engages with people and prioritizes their needs over profits. Through a combination of design, research, and media I hope to create positive social change and work with communities to implement needed innovations and make them accessible to all. During my free time I like to ski, travel, camp, read, draw, paint, watch movies, make movies, build stuff, and spend time with friends and family. I have no problem keeping myself busy.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
I jumped out of an airplane for my 18th birthday. A year later while studying at Purdue I decided to leave Indiana. I applied, got accepted, and committed to Pratt without ever going to NYC.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity and innovation are both about coming up with solutions to problems new and old. They both involve seeing and responding to things in a new way. Creativity becomes innovative when it recognizes that new solutions are byproducts of old solutions.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
As a company you may not have a destination, but the direction you’re headed in needs to be clear. Once you have a direction you need constant creativity in order to overcome obstacles, actively adapt to new circumstances, and ultimately be successful.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
Relax. Health is wealth.
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?
Abolition. Our systems aren’t working, and they need to be fixed. Everyday people are exploited, their needs are ignored, and their best interests are worked against. I believe an equitable and free society is achievable and that under the right circumstances everyone can coexist. It’s a lofty goal but I want to help in moving society toward that. Also I would like to have a movie of mine premiere at Cannes.
6. Explain your creative process
I begin with “why”. Why does this need to be looked into? Why does this need to be designed for? Why should people care about this? Then “who”. Who benefits from this? Who knows about this? Who doesn’t? Then “what”. What can be done about it? What should be done about it? What should people know about it? Then “how”. How do we solve for this? How can we make a difference? How can we incorporate the community? Then “where”. Where can we intervene? Where is the biggest problem? Where in the world are we? Then “when”. When should we engage? When should we develop? When should we launch? All the time circling, questioning, sketching, writing, prototyping, and probably not in any order.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
One thing at a time.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
There is no box.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
One Step Ahead - Aretha Franklin
Watermusic - William Basinski
Wings - Salem
Few Bana Zambia - Five Revolutions
Only You - The Platters
Running Out of Time - Rexy
I Don't Love Me Anymore - Oneohtrix Point Never
Whiskey and Wine - Planning for Burial
Veridis Quo - Daft Punk
Portofino 2 - Raymond Scott
10. How do you want people to remember you?
I want people to remember me as ambitious and caring, and for my work to make people think more critically about their own lives.
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Which country issued your passport?
The United States of America
Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.