K. Haupt

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September 14, 2014 at 8:43pm
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Last month I had to finish a roll on a disposable camera right before dropping the film off. I was sick and slightly delirious and sweating from from a fever. This is my neighborhood. 

September 9, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Had to write about “what I want to do as designer” for class. 

Kara Haupt, the designer, is interested in and compelled by systems of delivering information and thought.

I’m fascinated by publication — it’s a partial love affair with the technical enjoyment of layout and, more importantly, because words and images together is kinda the best thing in the world. I also like the idea of making work that adds to itself after time, it’s exciting to have something evolve and get better. It’s kinda final, but kinda not.

I don’t want for publication to (only) mean traditional print. For me, actually, I find that really fucking boring. What I do find compelling about print publication is that it’s experiential — the act of holding something, moving its pages etc, and I’m fascinated by how that translates (or doesn’t, when designed badly) to a digital experience. I love digital, because it’s intimate. I like how it’s a somewhat private experience of interacting with a device on one’s own, but then it (can) move(s) to sharing through social media or a link or whatever. So, what I’m saying, is that publication is both the content — the writing + the aesthetic (image) devices — and also the system by which it’s delivered.

Stuff I think about: How can we make that system better? Is efficiency the goal? How do we receive information? How does design add or take away from that experience?

I don’t care about clients and don’t enjoy that process whatsoever. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about people or audience. I care about audience a lot. Though, I often resist “audience” because I find the attitude toward demographics and their cultural assumptions to be limiting, and disrespectful. I mean, if you’re doing audience right, you’re investigating why they act the way they do. Like, for example, sure “women want to be pretty,” but there is a whole host of reasons why that ideology is formed (hi patriarchy). Once we get that, we can make better-informed work, or hell, we can change the status quo or craft the dialogue about how these ideologies function in the world. Design can change shit sometimes, how rad right?

I want to respect my audience, to trust them to be smarter than I assume and to be smarter than me.  Along with this idea, I believe in (and try to) design ethically. To not speak for others, but to use my place, my privilege, my “talent”, to either amplify or help facilitate that voice. And to use marketing or design devices without causing undue harm. And again, to respect people.

So, yeah. That’s what I want to do as a designer.

September 2, 2014 at 9:40am
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Updates from Kara Haupt:

1. I was in my first podcast! In it, I talk abt Babe Vibes and how I don’t care about male opinions (nothing new). 

2. Yesterday I dropped a new visual interview for BV with Sarah Nicole Prickett, someone I really admire. 

3. I was also interviewed at The Scotch And The Fox

4. I also have an interview (and selfie!) in The Collective Summer issue! :)

July 26, 2014 at 12:40am
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Moments of being alone.

Moments of being alone.

July 2, 2014 at 11:10pm
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I turned 22 last week. It’s had me thinking a lot about my age, my career, and, of course as always, babes. I get a lot of well-meaning compliments about where I am in life (in the context of “success”) and, often, they make me uncomfortable. Here’s why.

I was dealt an incredible hand of cards. I was partially home schooled during high school and had a ton of free time to fuck around. I was able to buy a camera with babysitting money and a laptop with photography money. I started blogging at a good time. I sat back and watched and learned so much shit about the industries I am in. I am economically in a position where I could and can afford the tools to help me succeed. I was fucking lucky to figure out what I wanted to do so early. I was able to go to college to study art and design. I have online-friendships that started seven years ago and a lot of those women have mentored, encouraged, and shared my work over the years. Timing, privilege, talent, and pure luck have made me. 

Yes, I work hard. Yes, I am smart, but I also know I am not any more “amazing” than any other woman my age. I don’t want to be compared to them. I am just as incredible of a human being as the 22 year old woman next door, I’m just in different circumstances. Circumstances afforded to me by privilege and pure luck. 

Again, I don’t want to be compared to how I’m better or cooler than other women or other young women, it makes me feel gross. I do not play that game. It’s not even true. There is room for all of us. 

I’m writing this to say that if you’re a young woman babe and you’re struggling or fighting against systematic problems and self-doubt, it’s not you. It’s hard. “Success” and knowing what you want and figuring out how to work the system is near impossible.

If you’re a young woman babe and you want to do something, start something, make something and you want someone to chat about these ideas or just need some encouragement, plz email me (hello(@)karahaupt.com). I don’t know everything, but I do know a lot of women who know everything. I can help, we can help, I want to do this patriarchal bullshitty life thing together so it can be less bulshitty and so more women can be as lucky as I am. 

We are on a team. 

I love you.