Elizabeth Keller '14: Finding the Balance between Form and Function

Posted by PeggyLee Wright - 25 October, 2017

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“Design requires the collaboration of form and function." says Randolph alumna Elizabeth Keller ‘14. "There is a constant struggle between utility and aesthetic, and good design hangs somewhere in the balance.”

Elizabeth Keller, Class of 2014 came to know this balance early in life. Her mother, a psychotherapist, offered the humanistic and open-minded approach to life. While her father, a military veteran with 25 years of service and an engineer, viewed the world with a more methodical and orderly perspective.

“Throughout my life, I experienced both sides, and found a way to create harmony through my work.”

Elizabeth came to Randolph School in the 3rd grade, yet didn’t live in Huntsville. In fact, Elizabeth spent the next seven years carpooling with other students who lived in the Guntersville area, finally moving into the area during high school. “I was thankful to be at Randolph, and the commute was just a part of our day.”

There was a time when Elizabeth believed she wanted to pursue graphic design, and leapt at an Interim opportunity her 11th grade year to work in the field. This experience helped Elizabeth realize that graphic design was not her passion, and her teachers at Randolph guided her towards her love of 3D art. Ms. Reyes’ Capstone Challenge, Mr. Gee’s continued encouragement, and Mr. Townsend’s endless help and advice were instrumental in helping Elizabeth realize her goals.

As a senior at Auburn University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, Elizabeth has helped other Randolph alumni transition into the Industrial Design program.

As a senior at Auburn University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, Elizabeth has helped other Randolph alumni transition into the Industrial Design program.

“Design has always been a part of my life, but the underlying creative intention behind everyday objects has gone from a day-to-day reality to the centerpiece of my professional aspirations.”

Summer job opportunities posted on a bulletin board at Auburn University caught Elizabeth’s eye, and before she knew it, she was living in a house in D.C. with five other girls and working at the Smithsonian. She was tasked with helping a new curator with a new exhibit: The Art of Giving.IMG_2580w.jpg

Elizabeth enjoys developing ideas and bringing them to life, whether in the form of an individual art piece or product development. So, having the opportunity to help design an exhibit at the Smithsonian, give the curator recommendations for the display, and take measurements of some iconic pieces (i.e. Kermit the Frog) to determine how much display space was needed, was a challenge that Elizabeth welcomed.

So, the next time you’re in D.C., stop by the Smithsonian, and take some time to learn about The Art of Giving.

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