In our ongoing series of features on designers, here we catch up with Kerri, the founder and creative force behind the colourful world of Busy B
Q: What is your name and where are you from?
A: Kerri…. From Edinburgh
Q: Did you always want to be a designer?
A: I always wanted to do something creative and really enjoyed making things as a child. Often doing lots of crafting and making things out of paper and card
Q: How did your career start?
A: I went to do a BA in Product & Design at Glasgow School of art, then worked for an entrepreneur. During this time I really got the bug for being in business
Q: What other careers you might have chosen had designing not been your chosen path?
A: I had thought about being an Architect, but product design offered a good combination of both practical and creative.
Q: Tell us about how you start the process of designing / creating something.
A: We brainstorm as a ‘Product’ team, often seeking input from our sales team on what’s selling well.
Q: Where does the inspiration come from?
A:Often from ‘Organising problems’ that I hit juggling a busy work and family. The dual schedule in the Busy life diary is life changing and helps to keep me super organised
Q: From the initial idea to the completed product…. How long does the process usually take?
A: The NPD journey takes around 9 months of research and development, prototyping, designing and producing to get us to the final product.
Q: What designers do you admire?
A: I really love the combination of cleverness/function and look of Joseph Joseph kitchenware. They take a problem and find such a clever and useful solutions. I also particularly like the timeless style and materials of HAY – Danish Homewares
Q: Do you have an all time favourite piece that you have designed?
A: The Family Calendar. It’s a simple idea to have 12 months and pockets. A genuine helping hand for a Busy Mum like me!
Q: Do you have an all time favourite ‘object’ that you wish you had designed?
A: I wish I had designed the paperclip. It’s dependable, multi-faceted and keeps everything neat and tidy. It’s so simple, but extremely functional.
Q: What is your favourite colour and why?
A: Blue or Teal. I like muted colours and wear a lot of blue, suits my colouring better than pinks
Q: Can you tell us what we might expect to see in your next collection?
A: We are currently working on an exciting new range, with some of our best-selling organising stationery in a lovely new fashion look, for the fashionable mum
Q: What hobbies do you have?
A: Not a lot of time with 3 kids! When I do have some time, I enjoy baking and crafting with the kids. I also like to keep (a little) fit, I enjoy running and yoga. Time out having a nice meal with friends is always good too.
Q: Where is your most favourite place in the world and why?
A: My favourite place is reading stories to my kids in their bed at bed time – all warm and cosy and feels like home
Q: Can you share with us something that nobody knows about you?
A: I was once the Scottish Advanced Trampoline Champion (age 14)