Q&A: Kimberly Wolting
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Kimberly Wolting is a software consultant and designer at Atomic Object and passionate about projects and organizations that facilitate social change through design.
She’s also the AIGA director of Design For Good West Michigan and a co-founder of Ladies That UX GR, and she volunteers her time and illustration skills to Treetops Collective.
Biggest career break?
From my friends at The C2 Group who took a chance on a graphic designer and transformed her into a UX designer
Getting my first design job based on the strength of my portfolio
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard and be nice to people.
How did you make your first dollar?
As a YMCA-certified babysitter
An upright piano gifted from my parents
Software designer in the winter and greenhouse and nursery worker in the summer
If I were president for a day, I would…?
Shift funds to give all teachers a sizeable raise and ensure that all citizens are given access to a low-cost, high-quality education, no matter their race, religion or location.
Last book you’ve read?
“Liminal Thinking,” by Dave Gray
Last thing you Googled?
Image references of an “antique telephone” for an illustration project
Your worst habit?
Having a hard time saying “no” to new projects
To unwind, I like to…?
Cook from New York Times Cooking’s “Weekend Projects” collection
Anywhere with my family
The Good Earth from Harmony Brewing Co.
Person you most admire?