If you have been to the clubhouse to work, play, or have walked by then you might have noticed the situation on our windows. And by situation we mean the coolest interactive art installation!We teamed up with Guts & Glory to come up with an epic art piece for our windows. Guts & Glory is a design studio founded by ginger partners in crime Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise that specializes in building well crafted brands. They seek to constantly push boundaries, provoke ideas, question forms, interrogate expectations, and generally meddle in creative mischief and what they come up with was no exception! We brainstormed a fun visual in our bay windows with vinyl. They came up with a brilliant design that our 10 year old selves would be proud of: mad libs! They covered our windows with the mad libs, creating a story titled Love Vortex Gone Awry that’s filled with adventure, mystery, and clouds! It becomes an interactive art piece as we change out the fill-in-the-blanks daily with submissions from members and those wishing to stop in and fill out a sheet. If you are interested in participating, come on by the clubhouse. We will share the ones we use on social media so you may just see your submission! We hosted a party sponsored by Mail Chimp to kick-off the installation. Mail Chimp is how we get out the word about all of our events and happenings so we felt this was fitting (if you are not subscribed to our mailing list, you can sign-up here.) Wine from Union Wine company was flowing all night and we had a baby pig keeping things cute and interesting. Yes a real pig! Guts & Glory brought along their office pig (!!!) you should check our her Instagram. We are starting to think Makeshift needs an office pig!Guts & Glory provided sheets much like the mad lib pages from the days of yore. Everyone at the party got a chance to write down their answers to adjectives, colors, sounds, and types of alcohol, because lets face it, even though we felt like kids again, we had the benefits of still being adults! They also created these nifty booklets filled with more mad lib style stories called the Adventure & Sleuthing Society (courage/vigor/character/oomph.) That sounds like a society we would like to be apart of! Their gold foiled post cards with vintage travel images were a hit at the party too.We love getting cozy in the window seats and watching the passers by slow down to take in the installation. They often have looks of wonder, excitement, and sometimes even confusion, but thats just how we like it!Thank you to Mail Chimp for sponsoring the installation and party and to Guts & Glory for designing the piece. Wine provided by Union Wine Company and flowers via Ampersand. Aaaaand one more of Petunia the Pig because cute! Most images via the lovely Sarah Deragon and the rest are from our Instagram feed
A few statistics celebrating Makeshift Society Brooklyn’s first year! Featuring illustrations from our members: Jen Miles, Erin Rommel, Melissa Abe, Eddie Zaneski, Leigh Mignogna, Laura Palotie, Eric Lanehart, and Kareem Kouddous.
For this edition of Member Spotlight, where we showcase the diverse creative work of our members, we chatted with freelance graphic designer Leigh Mignogna. On a typical day you can find Leigh at her Studio Desk working on an app design, brainstorming a book layout or upstairs covering a table with post-its. A New York native, Leigh stuck around on this coast – she earned her Masters in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, worked as a designer at Paperwhite studio in NYC, and has held adjunct professor positions at Parsons, St. John’s University and Pratt Institute. She specializes in visual identity, print, interactive and exhibition design.
Leigh is currently half of design partnership L&L and is serving as a Public Access Design fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Sometimes she also works with Intracollaborative, a collective of colleagues from Pratt who focus on socially-minded design. She chatted with us about working at Makeshift and the power of being your own boss. Check out some of her work below and signup for her Type 101 class on June 30! Or say hi when you see her at the next Members’ Breakfast! Hint: strike up a conversation about R Kelly…
When did you realize you wanted to be a graphic designer?
My dad is a graphic designer, so I grew up surrounded by design. But, it wasn’t until college that I became serious about studying design myself. Like most 18 years olds, I had no idea what I wanted to study, so I suppose I gravitated towards what was familiar. I remember learning about Tibor Kalman around the same time and realizing that design could be political, provocative and smart. Tibor’s work showed me the cultural importance and power of design. He’s been a big inspiration over the years.
What made you want to start L&L?
Fitting into someone else’s model of how a design studio should work never really made sense to me. Starting L+L meant that I could wake up every day and make my own rules. At the end of the day, Liz (the other “L”) and I are only responsible to ourselves, and for us, that’s huge.
Do you have a dream project?
Dream project: Something I know nothing about!
What are some of the tools that you use?
mouth for talking
hands for making
words for sharing
What type of role does Makeshift Society play in your work?
When I first started L+L I was working out of my apartment and it was the worst. I felt really uninspired and would get lonely. At Makeshift, I’m surrounded by amazingly smart and creative individuals. Whether it’s asking for a second set of eyes from a deskmate or seeing the other things members are building, being surrounded by that energy is inspiring.