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Jennifer Schmidt

Pet Product Designer
Bellevue, Washington
Member Since
May 2011
Jennifer is a designer and pattern maker focusing on cat beds and pet products. Her goal is to create pet products that people love for their clever humor or beauty.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I have a background in costume design.
How do you define cool?
I love that moment when people get the joke, the references and then start laughing.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
Why uncover a trend if you can start it instead?
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
I find the photos here so engaging and compelling!
What is your favorite trend?
My current favorite trend is "catification", or making improvements to your home that increase your cat's security, comfort and well-being.
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Writing a juicy post? How about great photos?
How do you reset to be creative?
I play in the dirt or go bicycling.
What inspires or excites you?
I love designing within limitations: constraints can really bring out the creativity!
Predict something awesome for 2020?
Gay marriage will be legal and accepted. In fact, in 2020 we will totally used to this and we will look back and say, "Golly! Why was that such a big issue? Of course everybody should be allowed to get married!"
Feline Shark Beds
Feline Shark Beds
Feed Your Kitty to the Fishes With the Shark Cat Bed
The shark cat bed by the Cat Ball is probably the most hilarious way to feed your kitty to the fishes! You and your cat can enjoy the most ferocious predator of the seas with the shark cat bed. It... MORE
Feline Voting Booths
Feline Voting Booths
The Cat Ball is a Great Way to Get Your Kitty into Politics
Let your cat cast his or her ballot in the The Cat Ball by Jenna’s Red Rhino! This silly device is a cozy cat bed, now cleverly created to also demonstrate your cat's political position. The Cat Ball… MORE
Sci-Fi Cat Beds
Sci-Fi Cat Beds
The Feline Tardis Contraption Lets Your Cat Explore Space and Time
If you had a Feline Tardis Contraption for your cat, he or she could explore space and time, pursuing the constant alien threat from this sci-fi cat bed! This zany device works both as a sci-fi cat… MORE
Flying Feline Furniture
Flying Feline Furniture
The '7CatsHeaven Kitty Cloud' is a Perfect Sleeping Spot for Crazy Cats
I’m so amused by this clever cat swing bed called the 'Kitty Cloud' by Etsy user '7CatsHeaven.' Imagine a bunk bed crossed with a macramé plant hanger, and your cat gets to sleep on it! The fabulous multi-layer… MORE
Dog-Eating Sleeping Bags
Dog-Eating Sleeping Bags
Pet Cosy Products Will Keep Your Pooch Comically Comfortable
Simon the Shark is a fabulous and unique pet bed designed by the creative and talented Rika from Seattle. Her hysterical Pet Cosy products take the boring out of pet nap time and turn it into fun! Her… MORE
Feline Furniture
Feline Furniture
The 'Cat Scratch Lounger' by Brawny Cat is for Furry Friends
There are many things to love about the 'Cat Scratch Lounger' made by Brawny Cat. You could love that it is handmade in Port Ludlow, Washington out of solid wood. You could love that it is made to last… MORE
Electronic Pet Cradles
Electronic Pet Cradles
The Upcycled Vintage Sanyo TV Cat Bed is Humorous and Cute
The Upcycled Vintage Sanyo TV Cat Bed is so amusing because cats tend to be so entertaining. Personally, they are my beloved pets and I take fabulous care of mine, but in return, I expect them to entertain… MORE
Stylish Feline Beds
Stylish Feline Beds
The Palm Springs Lounge Modern Cat Bed is the Ultimate in Luxury
The Palm Springs Lounge has created a new look of luxury for the modern cat! Influenced by the coolness of mid-century design, this cat bed is also well-suited homes with a contemporary look. This two-story… MORE
Kitty Sleeping Spheres
Kitty Sleeping Spheres
The Cat Ball is a Cute and Comfy Bed for Your Pet
Every cat needs a place to nap, and the Cat Ball offers a fun new temptation! The Cat Ball is a fully lined, fabric-covered sphere, with two openings. The larger hole will accommodate any cat, while the… MORE