Katie Kirk's Designed Lifestyle

Katie Kirk's Designed Lifestyle

Gregory Han
Apr 19, 2012

Today's Playlist comes from designer and illustrator Katie Kirk. Together with her husband Nathan Standberg, Katie runs Eight Hour Day, a multidisciplinary design boutique. You've probably seen Katie's work already, like the beautifully illustrated children's book "Eli, No!" or perhaps EHD's work for Target and Old Navy.

When she's not at the studio, where they recently added a couple Eames Molded Plastic Chairs, she and Nate are hitting up the dog parks and antique shoppes in their new home of San Francisco. Katie aspires to live a designed life(style) where work, play, and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically. Here's the music she's integrated into her lifestyle.

What do you listen to while you work? I think my taste can be pretty eclectic. I resonate with individual songs over full albums most of the time. I like songs that can transport me based on my mood or those that can inspire something I'm working on.

How do you listen? Headphones. Nate and I call this "going under." We put these on when we're really ready to get down to some actual design time.

Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I usually just download via iTunes. Pandora here and there.

Does music influence your work? I think music can always be a great influence, especially to get into a mood or mindset. It's good to have that "feeling" help drive your design decisions -- even if it's not super direct.

One example that is a bit more direct than most were these holiday cards I designed. I love Christmas time and music, especially the older carols sung by Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, etc. I also love A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It just "feels" like the holidays to me.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? Often it is just songs that cross my path in one way or another. I would say as much as I love music, I am not an active seeker like some.

What song or artist best represents the work you create? Whoa. That is a tough one. I'm not sure if my work is representational of them at all -- but I have always loved the Beatles and their ability to push different sounds and a range of styles.

Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist: I usually only listen to music when I work and I prefer a lapdesk over an actual desk, so, an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Black Leather with Walnut Veneer.

Sausalito, Connor Oberst
Wild is the Wind, Nina Simone
Run the World (Girls), Beyonce
Little Lion Man, Mumford & Sons
Time to Pretend, MGMT
Night Moves, Bob Seger
Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
Silver Stallion, Cat Power
High & Dry, Radiohead
America, Simon & Garfunkel

(Images: Katie Kirk)

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