We will be hosting The Best Worst on October 28th. It is an evening devoted to the ‘best worst’ ideas or projects by those in the creative industry. Join us at Social Print Studio in SOMA to hear about completed work that was not as popular as imagined, a proposal that didn’t get chosen, or something that a designer was proud of that nevertheless failed. We have all experienced something of this nature in some form or another. Whether for a failed science fair project (poor volcano), perhaps a thesis that went nowhere, or a business idea that just didn’t get off the ground.
The Best Worst was inspired by the closure of Makeshift Society Brooklyn, our second workspace, which was open for a year and a half. We at Makeshift are incredibly happy with what we accomplished but acknowledge the realities of our failure, and we think this is a fascinating topic that people should hear about. We like to think of The Best Worst as FailCon meets Mortified – less instructional but more visual and fun(ny)!
We have lined up a great group of small business owners and speakers to talk about their projects gone awry and how they handled it in stride.
Big thanks to our sponsor CreativeLive
Tash Wong is the Chief Coaster Officer at Coastermatic, where she spends her days espousing the beauty and utility of photo and designer coasters to anyone who will listen. Before becoming a creative entrepreneur, Tash made use of her time as an Interaction Designer, gaining an MFA on the subject and working for clients like the New York Times. She blogs and speaks about her work, and you can learn more about her at tashwong.com.
Brent Couchman is the creative director and co-founder of San Francisco-based design studio, Moniker. He leads the creative side of the company, partnering with clients such as Facebook, Google, Coca-Cola, GOOD, Herman Miller and Target to create identity systems and packaging. He began his career in the Lone Star State where he developed branding, packaging and illustration for Fossil before relocating to San Francisco to join Hatch Design, working on identity and packaging design. His work has been recognized by AIGA, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, The Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design, and recipient of the ADC Young Guns award for top designers under 30.
Emily Haasch is a designer, artist, and tiny human. She physically resides in San Francisco. Her thoughts digitally reside on Twitter. With roots in collage and object design, she enjoys cultivating a practice that is interdisciplinary in regard to both medium and purpose. Lately, Emily has been interested in the intersection of design and the systems it both supports and resists. By questioning these themes, she has slowly been initiating digital and IRL projects to make sense of what it means to be a designer in 2015. Emily graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. By day, she is currently a designer for Electric Objects, a NYC-based art hardware company.