Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt's Vertical Visual Overload

Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt's Vertical Visual Overload

Gregory Han
Apr 5, 2013

Kate Bingaman-Burt, an illustrator and professor of graphic design based in Portland, Oregon has moved from a vibrant, character-packed workspace filled to the ceiling with color and design to a brand new shared studio. Get a taste of her new space with this quick tour.

Kate's previous office space was showcased three years back over at Lifework.

Tell us about yourself and your work: what you’re passionate about, what inspires you, and where you’re going. 
I am an illustrator, educator, and maker of things based in Portland, Oregon. I have been a full-time professor for the last nine years and have beenmaking work about consumption for the last decade. The freelance illustration component came along shortly after I started my daily purchase drawing project in 2006. I have three jobs and they fuel each other and couldn’t exist without the other. The following things make me happy: insane collections, John Waters, PeeWee Herman, Steve Martin, maximalism, Louie Armstrong, design that doesn’t look like it was designed, the movie “True Stories,” “Rhoda,” handmade objects found in thrift stores, Carol Burnett, yard sale signs, my grandmother.

You’re in a new workspace. Why did you move? What’s different in this office? 
Since the last time my space was featured on Lifework, I moved my workspace out of my apartment, which was a brilliant move. It is so nice to have our living room back — ha! Currently, I share a space with five other illustrators/designers (Will Bryant, Clifton Burt, Jason Sturgill, and Tina Snow Le). Our studio is in an old Ford Motor Factory in Portland and we have a tiny corner of the second floor. The ceilings are high and the light is good. I am a happy girl.

You have a vintage Eames Molded Plastic Chair at your desk. Why did you choose it?
I scored that wonderful chair from my friend Frank Chimero before he left Portland for New York City. This chair currently acts as my computer desk chair. This space also marks the first time I have had TWO desks. I currently draw on my grandmother’s drawing table. I compute at a different desk beside my drawing table. I do have a small laptop on my drawing desk, but that is also the laptop I travel with and take with me to school. It is easy to put away. The 27-inch iMac is a bit harder to work around. I can’t speak enough for designated work stations. SO GOOD. Also, I love that dang yellow Herman Miller chair. It makes me feel smarter as I do my screen work. Also, it has casters. Every object that touches the ground should have casters. FACT.

(Images: Kate Bingaman-Burt)

Republished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Amy Feezor.
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