What Our Designers are Thankful For

This year (and every year), K4 is thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed on us as a company.  It allows us to practice our passion for places, branding, and just making things better.

We are most thankful for our employees, the pulse of K4, the people who work every day to make those passions into reality.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to give a few of them an opportunity to share with you the things, as a designer, that they are thankful for.

Brian Bruner – Project Designer

As a designer, I’m thankful for a steady job. Not everyone has one. For that, I am grateful. One aspect of the job that I’m most thankful for is Lunch and Learns. Having them is a treat and I’m most thankful for lunch and learns on the days that I forgot to pack a lunch.

It’s always good to be able to satisfy your hunger—for knowledge.

Seriously, as someone who loves to take notes, I always walk out of a lunch and learn with a spoonful of constructive knowledge that I can apply to my current workload or even at my house. They seem to always occur at just the right time. It’s like someone in the office knows what projects I’m working on. Coincidence? I think not.

Just like the cuisine, you never know what to expect. You come in hoping that the content is fresh and that the food is hot (…backwards?). In conclusion, attend your next lunch and learn with an empty stomach and an open mind and I’m sure you will walk out full!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Ashley Griffith – Designer

As a designer, I am thankful to be a part of a field that directly provides opportunity to contribute to society. Regardless of working on a recreational project like a bar or a library, to a place attached to your weekly routine like a gas station, designers get to use their skills to make these experiences better. Designers play this unique role in the evolution of our society. While we are problem solvers when it comes to implementing new technologies, we become trend setters as our solutions for technology produce style and establish quality of life. Our job is to not only respond to what is needed now, but to push the envelope and leave the future open. It is so refreshing to be a part of this development, large or small scales.

Matt Ireton – Architect, NCARB, LEED AP

There are plenty of things to be thankful for this year in my personal life, however as an architect what am I thank for in 2018?  It may not sound very creative but I’m thankful for Google images and photos.  When I’m looking for new design ideas, whether it be a new building or just a new canopy, I often start by searching images on google.  This quickly gives me a broad range of completed designs that I can quickly scroll through and decide what I like and don’t like.  Equally as useful is the Google Photos which houses all the photos I take on walks or site visits with my smartphone.  No need to plug my camera into the computer, my photos are all available to me the minute I return to my desk.  These may seem small, but they are a huge help to me in my day to day profession.

Rachael Ruschke – Marketing Coordinator / Graphic Designer

This year, there is a lot to be thankful for in my personal life, as well as in my professional life. As a designer, I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. When you graduate college, you have 2 choices – keep learning and trying new things, or stay stuck in the same old, same old. Here at K4 we always have the opportunity to continue to learn new things – whether it’s from doing something completely new on a project or by attending Lunch and Learns there is always an opportunity to grow. I am thankful for the collaborative environment at K4, new projects that bring new and unique challenges, and all of the opportunities I have had this year that have helped me grow and become a better designer.