Kelly Slank


Kelly Slank

Assistant Professor

BFA, Wayne State University

Research Interests:

Trend Forecasting, Brand Development, Color, Materials and Finish Design

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor Kelly Slank has over 20 years of trend forecasting, design, color and materials experience across a range of industries that include, interiors, exhibit, automotive, footwear and apparel. She has worked for industry leaders such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Nike. Since 2013, Kelly’s consultancy firm, Slank Design has worked with companies like BASF and Harley-Davidson to develop and implement color, materials and finish strategies.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Wayne State University. She is a full-time professor in the Department of Interior Design at CCS. Additionally, she teaches in both Fashion Accessories Design and Color and Materials Design departments.

Kelly believes in leveraging the power of emotion and experience to create memorable design.

Kelly is a member of IIDA(1104730) and is NCIDQ(17402) certified.