John Edmark’s route to finding the right occupation was not an easy one. After attending architecture school for a year, Edmark switched paths and went to Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science to pursue his love for graphic art. 16 years later, he went back to school, attending Stanford University to receive a master’s degree in product design. Through his journey of discovering his passion for design, he realized the importance of staying curious and open-minded, and now works part-time as a lecturer at Stanford and as a freelance artist and inventor.
“I have noticed that there does seem to be real value in trying lots of things, especially early in your career,” Edmark said.“You learn a lot about yourself and where your passion can intersect with what the world needs by trying lots of different things and not pinning it down too quickly and too certainly.”
Outside the lecture hall, he uses architecture, animation, computer science and math to bring his designs to life. He showcases his creations on his website, where he sells his artworks to a wide demographic. Edmark’s work as a freelancer allows him to follow his passion as an artist, alongside his devotion to teaching.
“I think it’s important for [students] to develop their imaginations and their ability to think creatively because that’s what going to separate them from all the millions of other very bright, very capable engineers and mathematicians and scientists out there,” Edmark said.
Edmark’s talk is scheduled on Monday, October 8th during 4th period. He plans to share his designs as well as elaborate on the importance of curiosity and trying new things. Edmark believes that curiosity helps with the brainstorming process, while the exploration of new ideas opens up opportunities one might not have considered before.