February 29, 2020

Five Questions with Camille Matonis: Full Harvest’s Product Designer

In/Visible Talks 2020 Speaker Camille Matonis gets creative inspiration from startup founders, her siblings, and tiny plastic animals

Camille Matonis is the sole designer at Full Harvest, an online marketplace for imperfect and surplus produce. Full Harvest’s goal is to reduce food waste on farms. Additionally, as the founder of the San Francisco chapter of Make a Mark, Camille organizes “hackathons” for designers and developers. Make a Mark pairs local nonprofits with designers to complete impactful projects over a 12-hour period, and she introduced us to the process when she facilitated Design For Good: Hackathon, one of the day-after, add-on workshops at In/Visible Talks 2020.

How does Camille stay creatively inspired and motivated? She shares some of her thoughts with us here.

What is your relationship to the creative process?

“My creative process thrives on feedback. I believe good design should feel good to all types of people, so I try to get as much input as I can without overcomplicating my vision.”

How or where do you find inspiration?

“My UX work is inspired by the products I use IRL and on my phone/computer. A lot can come from just paying attention to detail and noticing how a product makes you feel.”

What was one of your biggest creative challenges?

“Some of my biggest creative challenges have been designing fundraising decks for startups. They are so deeply personal to the founder, and the stakes are so high.”

When did you first realize you needed to be in a creative field?

“When I stayed up all night procrastinating on my homework by doing art projects for fun.”

Who are your heroes and why?

“My younger sister and brother, because they kick ass every day performing comedy and testing 3D printed materials at NASA. We all had the same upbringing, but have pursued such different interests. They keep me rooted, make me laugh, and inspire me to live my best life. I am looking forward to growing old with them on a farm where our kids can play in the dirt together.”

Bonus Round: What’s on your desk?

“Tiny plastic animals: a unicorn, flamingo, kiwi, frog, and a parrot.”