We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Ravenelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, why did you pursue a creative career?
.Art and creativity was something that came naturally for me growing up. I was known as “the art kid” throughout grade school and in the back of my mind. I always knew that whatever I pursued professionally in the future was going to be something creative. I think what makes the creative discipline so interesting for me currently, specifically industrial design, is that it has a lot of power to shape society. It can take what is deemed a cultural impossibility and turn it into a cultural possibility. It can empower people, include people, gather people, and make life a little more pleasant. It’s thrilling to be able to create something with your own hands, whether it’s an object or experience, in order to influence someone’s life in a positive way. There is nothing more exciting than taking natural resources and technologies – mixing and reordering them to form an idea or solution – and then bring it into the physical world to change our cultural reality.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Freelance Industrial Designer. I specialize in front end product development within consumer electronics. I help my clients visualize their ideas and develop thoughtful product solutions that are timeless, intuitive, emotionally appealing, and meaningful. A common thread you can see through my work is a passion for creating products and spaces that cultivate human connection, and an exploration of how design can help cultivate a healthy relationship with technology. Something that sets me apart from others is my keen aesthetic sensibilities, depth of creative thinking, and observational design skills in discovering human behavioral insights that can be developed into clever product solutions.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite spots in Los Angeles: FOOD – JiST Cafe, Pasta Sisters(the one on Pico Blvd), Konbi, Pine & Crane, The Bazaar by José Andrés. COFFEE & TEA – Maru Coffee, Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, Kumquat, Civil Coffee, Bopomofo. CREATIVE THINGS – Arcana: Books on the Arts, The Broad.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to my parents, my cousins, my brothers, Darren Inouye, Brian & Bryan Chung, Tony Yao, Makoto Fujimura, and last but not least the ArtCenter community.