A conversation with Kaelynn Crume

jessica wade

Jessica Wade
Senior Account Executive

by Apr 20, 2016Culture

Kaelynn Crume

KAELYNN JOINED OUR TEAM as an intern, and we liked her so much, we didn’t let her go. She’s been a graphic designer at DH for over a year now, and she started full time in January. We have loved getting to know her. We think you will too.

DH: Tell us about yourself.

Kaelynn: I have lived in the Spokane area my whole life. I have Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I play the clarinet, saxophone and started recently picking up the ukulele.

How did you choose a career in design?

Kaelynn: Design became an extension of my drawings when I was young. I started to make digital art when I was 12 or 13 on the free version of Photoshop. I also learned how to code through video game modding and making websites online for various geeky causes. I stopped for a period of time (to pursue music) but then refound it in college. I remember thinking, “People can make money in this?”

What brought you to DH?

Kaelynn: DH came to EWU and presented about creative services. I was immediately hooked when they spoke about their commitment to research. It seemed like a fantastic match between my logical, fact-driven side and my artistic side—taking those ideas and making them into something that not only solved a problem but was interesting to look at. I applied for an internship, and the rest is history.

What have been your favorite projects so far?

Kaelynn: I really like making cool things for really cool people and causes. Part of what is so satisfying about working at DH is knowing you make a difference in our community.

What do you do when you’re not in the office?

Kaelynn: Playing with my dog, checking out the latest video game trends, hand lettering, designing, or tinkering with code.

Now for some fun questions. What is your earliest memory?

Kaelynn: Singing “Jingle Bells” on the way to the hospital where my sister was being born. I was two. It was March.

If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

Kaelynn: An octopus. They are one of the smartest sea creatures in the world. They will escape from their aquariums in search of food or … just because they feel like it. If they could live long enough, they would have their own civilizations. They can escape through a hole the size of their beaks. They are also masters of disguise. They are notorious for problem-solving. The babies teach themselves how to live. I like to think I am an octopus because I am a relentless thinker and problem-solver.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

Kaelynn: Invisibility. Being invisible would allow me to sneak around and observe things without being observed. I could have experiences I never could consider before. I would also learn a lot of things and … maybe play a prank or two on others.

Do you have any unusual hobbies?

Kaelynn: I really like to handletter and write calligraphy. I also play clarinet and saxophone. And I tap dance.

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