Q+A with Tyler Thompson, Industrial Designer

Tyler Thompson is a recent transplant to Minneapolis via Utah. As a husband and proud father of four children, Tyler gets excited about designing products that improve health and make a difference in people’s lives. When he’s not working as an Industrial Designer at Worrell, he enjoys painting, spending time with his family and exploring the great outdoors.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever made?
In graduate school, I worked on a project that involved redesigning the incubator used for premature babies. At the time, I had one son and another child on the way. Although my children were healthy, the project still hit close to home. In many ways, it was this emphasis on healthcare and making valuable connections with patients that ultimately brought me to Worrell.

What books will we find on your bookshelf?
Beside reading Calvin and Hobbes, I often find myself looking through design process books. Design Sketching by Eric Olofsson is one of my all-time favorites. The book features a number of inspiring sketches that illustrate the entire design process.

What is something outside of work in which you consider yourself an expert?
I enjoy oil painting, though I’m not sure if I’d consider myself an expert yet. It is a nice change of pace to create something that isn’t tied to project deadlines. Most artists I admire use a limited palette to create harmony in their paintings, so I’m currently working on refining my color palette.

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