Hi! my name is Alyse Gilbert.
A long time ago, when Polly Pockets and Tamagotchis were in their prime, I dreamt I would be a Famous Singer when “I grew up”. However, after years of horrifying home-videos (yes there is evidence), and extroversion-turned-introversion, I realized that my passion truly lies in “creation” rather than performance. I also realized that creativity is today’s superpower, so I pursued a career in Design. Don’t we all dream of becoming a superhero?
My interest for human-centered design drove me back to the Bay Area (I grew up here) after a recent three year stint in Portland— yes it does rain every-single-day and is in fact the land of the best coffee around.
During my time in Portland I worked for CVENT, Moovel, and most recently at a boutique Creative Agency working with an education company called Lightspeed. Prior to my chapter in Portland, I lived in Los Angeles for five years where I was a “wannabee” food critic, the first employee of Tastemade, and (let’s be honest) a struggling 20-something trying to get my feet off the ground.
To me, good design enables people to become a better version of themselves. I am infinitely curious about human interaction and what makes people tick. I believe design MUST be rooted in empathy in order to achieve an end-result that is intentional. I appreciate a challenge and feel so lucky to “problem-solve” for a living.
I nerd-out over:
Americanos, travel, blueberry scones, live tunes, Scandinavian and Italian interior design, records, the concept of “hygge”, ceramics, a beautiful font paring, Pinot Noir, “nesting”, open spaces, typography, and above all a good meal with friends and family.
Inspiration and inspirers:
Mauja Waldia, Barack obama, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, René Magritte, Alexander Calder, Frank Gehry, Rodney Smith, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Avedon, Hans J. Wegner, Patti Smith, Molly Cranna, George Harrison, Henri Matisse, Joan Didion, Aaron Draplin, Loveis Wise, Joan Miró, Zadie Smith, Diane Arbus, Rupi Kaur, Lotta Nieminen, Jean Jullien, Kelli Anderson, Heather Day, Roxanne Gay.
At the end of the Day…
I live and breathe to create, collaborate, and connect. If you do too, I'd love to chat over a cup of coffee.