Alumna Sharon Park has the coolest job in the world – making people smile.
Sharon Park has a distinct memory from her childhood: standing in the aisle of a toy store, a soon-to-be-opened box in her hands and an irrepressible feeling of joy in her heart.
Today, the 31-year-old toy designer spends her time trying to recreate that feeling for others. As part of the design team at Kidrobot, Park dreams up and develops toys for today’s vinyl art collectors. She even gets to play in the worlds of other creators, designing toys based on TV shows like The Simpsons and South Park.
And yet there was a time when it didn’t seem likely she’d end up a designer at all. Her parents wanted her to be a pharmacist: a good, stable career that paid well. But it didn’t feel right and she began to look at majors that would allow her to express herself artistically. “I’ve always loved to create things,” she says, “so when I discovered industrial design, I knew I’d found the right fit.”
Park graduated from MSU Denver in December 2012 and started with Kidrobot in 2015. She uses the skills developed during her studies every day, and is most motivated by bringing joy into people’s lives through her designs.
“I see adults and younger enthusiasts interact with my designs,” she says. “When they laugh or smile, I know I’ve succeeded.”
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