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Kate Bingaman-Burt

Kate Bingaman-Burt founded Obsessive Consumption in 2002. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published this year by Princeton Architectural Press. She illustrated the book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design, as well as the promotional materials for the documentary of the same name. Bingaman-Burt lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. Her Obsessive Consumption work is represented by Jen Bekman in NYC.

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Kate Bingaman-Burt discusses Obsessive Consumption, the designer as reporter, being in debt, drawing, being hired by Target, feeling useful, craft, 'zines and making something new everyday.

Posted in: Design Matters

Comments [6]

Very inspirational. Some of the best, most encouraging advice for curing the common insecurities around creative. As a freelance designer I am very greatful for this interview. Thanks!
Raymond Thimmes

Kate is a magnanimous resource and her OCD lies in the area of encouraging, supporting, and maintaining lasting relationship. As a human I'm grateful for her presence on the planet, and this interview is a piece of peach pie. With some serious whip.
Thanks Jen, this is awesome.
Aaron Rayburn

Great interview. I know I'm a dork but I honestly teared up at the end when Kate was talking about watching her students create zines. Having a college professor that genuinely feels passion for the growth of their students is priceless. It restores my hope in humanity. Thank you Kate, thank you Design Observer.
Kelly Navari

I've been following Obsessive Consumption for a while and have really grown to love the project. It was very inspiring to hear Kate talk about it and to share her motivations and reasoning behind it.
Chris Pecora

This interview inspired me to create an "obsessive POST-consumption" illustration, a one-day parody of Kate's project. As a self-professed over-zealous recycler, I found myself thinking about the other part of the story. What happens to the remains of these bought and treasured (or eaten) items?

Melissa Delzio

Great Interview. Thanks Debbie + Kate.
Alanna Cavanagh

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