A conversation with Kaelynn Crume
Senior Account Executive
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.