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Dreams, Design & Life


Dreams, Design & Life

Inspiration:  CES 2017 Las Vegas

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Dreams, Design & Life


Dreams, Design & Life

Inspiration:  CES 2017 Las Vegas

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Industrial Designer    •    Speaker & Writer    •    Servant Leader    •    Innovation Catalyst

 

Dreams … 

are a vivid product of our imagination and represent our aspirations in high fidelity.  Ideally those visions are connected to the dreams we had as a child.  It’s important to remain child-like as we imagine the possibilities, even though our dreams may refine with age.

Design …

is a profession that helps bring our dreams and visions into reality.  Design helps us see the future with clarity, while appreciating uncertainty.  Design toes off the hard constraints and finds a new path even when that path is not immediately clear.

Life …

is real.  Moments lift us up, some knock us down.  We keep going and have faith in a higher calling larger than ourselves.  We empathize with each other and find peace within ourselves.  We use our dreams and creativity to make sense of life’s complexity.

 

Dreams, Design & Life … it’s all connected, and my hope is that this platform inspires you to see how this manifests in your life, and that you feel intrinsically motivated to act.  Thank you for visiting.  k.g.b.  

 

Kevin Bethune is a multi-faceted design executive living in South Bay Los Angeles.  Equal parts engineer, entrepreneur and industrial designer ... Kevin has led a multidisciplinary journey through a mixture of faith, planning and serendipity.   Curiosity has always been the defining thread through every chapter of experience.  Since his youth, Kevin has always sketched ... for hobby mostly ... and eventually discovered the catalyzing power of Design much later in his journey.  With the way that the world's disciplines continue to converge, Kevin is especially thankful for the timing.

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 
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Nuclear


After the University of Notre Dame, Kevin entered the nuclear power generation industry as a bourgeoning mechanical engineer and team leader.   After navigating 14 nuclear power plants ... upgrading and servicing their reactor internals ... Kevin quickly learned the art of delivering great product with high-performing teams under mission-critical circumstances.

Nuclear


After the University of Notre Dame, Kevin entered the nuclear power generation industry as a bourgeoning mechanical engineer and team leader.   After navigating 14 nuclear power plants ... upgrading and servicing their reactor internals ... Kevin quickly learned the art of delivering great product with high-performing teams under mission-critical circumstances.

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Nike


After getting his M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, Kevin joined Nike, Inc. to help with the "numbers."  However, his product inclinations, creative curiosity and follow-through helped him transition to Nike's footwear product engine to drive process and digital enablement within the product teams.  In doing so, he encountered creative leaders who encouraged him to apply his raw creative energy on real footwear design projects.

Nike


After getting his M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, Kevin joined Nike, Inc. to help with the "numbers."  However, his product inclinations, creative curiosity and follow-through helped him transition to Nike's footwear product engine to drive process and digital enablement within the product teams.  In doing so, he encountered creative leaders who encouraged him to apply his raw creative energy on real footwear design projects.

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Art Center College of Design


The early Nike design experiences led Kevin back to school to solidify his creative foundation at Art Center College of Design.  A difficult decision to consider, but one that would help meld the best of his Design, Business and Technology backgrounds into a powerful multidisciplinary value proposition.  This calculated bet and pivotal sacrifice helped position Kevin for the life purpose he wanted to fulfill ... to live at the intersection of these disciplines to be an advocate for multidisciplinary innovation and help teams create the future.

Art Center College of Design


The early Nike design experiences led Kevin back to school to solidify his creative foundation at Art Center College of Design.  A difficult decision to consider, but one that would help meld the best of his Design, Business and Technology backgrounds into a powerful multidisciplinary value proposition.  This calculated bet and pivotal sacrifice helped position Kevin for the life purpose he wanted to fulfill ... to live at the intersection of these disciplines to be an advocate for multidisciplinary innovation and help teams create the future.

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Strategic Design


Since leaving Art Center, Kevin helped create (as a founding team member) two multidisciplinary innovation studios at Booz & Co. and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) providing a new avenue for Design to have a "seat the table" amidst the C-level suites of many large global enterprises.  Kevin established a Strategic Design cohort that helps organizations surface latent unmet needs and design holistic experiences around them.  He is especially interested in building physical products that leverage digital to enable seamless, intuitive and personal experiences.

more about Kevin

Strategic Design


Since leaving Art Center, Kevin helped create (as a founding team member) two multidisciplinary innovation studios at Booz & Co. and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) providing a new avenue for Design to have a "seat the table" amidst the C-level suites of many large global enterprises.  Kevin established a Strategic Design cohort that helps organizations surface latent unmet needs and design holistic experiences around them.  He is especially interested in building physical products that leverage digital to enable seamless, intuitive and personal experiences.

more about Kevin