Coming Up: Exquisite Totes

yeah-tote-bagIllustration by Becky Simpson

Get in touch with your inner surrealist during Exquisite Totes, sponsored by Adobe Creative Cloud!

Becky Simpson, Illustrator and Adobe Creative Resident, has created different body parts for us to mix and match. And like the parlour game, Exquisite Corpse, you’ll grab a head, midriff, and some legs to screenprint a complete monster on your very own tote bag. This is a great chance to learn about the screenprinting process and meet other local designers. Not to worry if you don’t have experience, Kayrock will be here operating the screens and making the inky goodness happen.

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.15.30 PMImage from Kayrock Instagram 

As an Adobe Creative Resident, Becky is focusing her year long exploration on the creative process. While we enjoy some refreshments, Becky will share what inspired her and the steps she took to create the Exquisite Totes components.

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.50.17 PMBecky Simpson- image by Half Orange Photography

Never heard of Exquisite Corpse? Among the Surrealist techniques, Exquisite Corpse was a collaborative collage of words or images. Based on an old parlour game, it was played by several people, each of whom would draw something on a piece of paper, fold the paper to conceal their section, and pass it on to the next player. The result is an assemblage or creature that’s made of multiple ‘stripes’ that have very little relationship to each other beyond sharing common lines. Some lovely, crazy things emerge:


$10 buys you your new fave tote, drinks & snacks, and an evening spent playing, learning, and making with us! Get your tickets here.

Member Mentions

MEMBER MENTIONSlunch bunch makeshift societyWhat makes Makeshift, well Makeshift, is our members. They are the core of the society and our community is built around them so we like to share in their accomplishments! We will be featuring new and noteworthy things happening with our members through our Member Mentions. This is a great way for our members and the community to support one another and also for use to brag a little (our members are awesome!)

If you are a members, please email us at with news worthy happenings, we’d love to feature them!

paper jam pressArianna of Paper Jam Press (who’s posters adorn our walls) recently collaborated with Blik! The line features new clocks, decals, and prints in her signature bold, black font and also feature different hues for the color lovers. These cheeky sayings would look perfect in a fun office or home.

lindsay collinsLindsey Collins’s company ( just launched #Truthbombs, an app for and with Danielle LaPorte, for both iPhone and Android. It earned #1 status for its category in iTunes and was ranked in the top 60 overall. We love how Lindsey’s company focuses on apps for women by women!

creative liveA few of our members and Rena have taught for CreativeLive, online and in person classes you can watch in real time and interact with the instructor or return to at your own pace. This month they are rolling out a series for crafters to get ready for the holiday selling season.

The holidays are a crafter’s high season. Make bank in the fall and you are set for late winter’s inevitable slump. Which is why CreativeLive put together a free online conference that’ll ensure your next holiday sales cycle is a huge hit. Improve Your Holiday Sales, airing August 17-21, is a collection of five intensive classes, taught by the best experts in the field. RSVP for the class here.



Last week we hosted 50 zine-o-philes who spent the evening creating a collaborative zine from start to finish in one night. In a few short hours we poured over ziney inspiration, heard a talk by Elana Schlenker, created our own zine pages, and printed them out on a risograph manned by Gerardo Madera of Common Satisfactory Standard.

This event was a continuation of the Working Late series we helped Adobe Typekit launch.


All photos by Laura Pardo


After a brief talk by Elana and Gerardo, the design sprint started! No one knew the specs for the zine before the night began, so we all had to jump into it with fresh eyes. Each person designed one page of the zine by drawing something they loved in pink and something they hated in red. We sketched, scribbled, inked; we created with vectors, pixels and pens. There was a lot to love: dachshunds, speed walkers, hotdogs, bagels… And even more to hate: limp handshakes, liars, olives.

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Right as the design sprint finished, dinner was served.  We ate Takikomi Gohan (japanese rice bowls) from Yakitorius Inglorius as the risograph whirled, clacked and printed our pages. The risograph, if you’re not familiar with it, is basically the lovechild of a silkscreen and a copy machine. It prints with beautiful, layered, solid-color inks but works mechanically like a copy machine.




Natalia Baker


Boyoun Kim


Greg Mihalko


Tyler Moody


Erin Rommel

Sue Jean Ko

Sue Jean Ko


Isabel Urbina

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Kathleen Scudder

Big thanks to Elana, Gerardo and to Adobe Typekit for making the event happen!


The plan was for everyone to go home with a zine, but we had a small printing hiccup and copies were available in the following days. It’s worth the wait though; and each copy includes a DIY binding kit so you can bind it at home. It was a tiny print run with copies available only for the people who attended, but if you want to have a look you can browse one in the Makeshift Society libraries in Brooklyn and San Francisco.



You can be part of events like this too. Makeshift Society is a coworking space for people who are as serious about their creative practice as they are about making it pay the bills. Drop by for a tour, sign up for the newsletter, or check out our events calendar to stay in the loop.

Meet The Resident: Deland Chan

Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan- Makeshift Society We are welcoming the first resident of 2015, Deland Chan to our community!Deland is a Lecturer in Urban Studies at Stanford, where she teaches Sustainable Cities, a project-based service learning class where students collaborate with Bay Area government agencies and non-profit organizations on sustainability projects. In addition, she founded the International Urbanization initiative, which offers students a comparative approach to sustainable development in the world’s most rapidly urbanizing countries, with a particular focus on China. It’s only natural for her to continue her focus on the community and urban planning during her residency project.

For her time here at Makeshift, she is pursuing two projects. First, she is working with an elementary school teacher in San Francisco and plan to co-facilitate my first design thinking workshop with a first grade classroom later this month. This is to build off of the existing design thinking that she teaches at the Stanford Institute of Design, or, exploring the intersection of design thinking,  placemaking, and community building in urban environments. Most recently, I taught Design for Everyday Social GoodDesigning for Communities at Play, and will be offering Creative Tools for Urban Spaces in the Spring.

Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland ChanDuring the process, youth will be exposed to concepts of creating to form tangible, positive outcomes with their own hands. Youth WPA nurtures early successes to inspire self-confidence, a greater sense of self-efficacy and engagement, and acts as a catalyst to encourage youth to reach for bigger future opportunities. She has had experience with older students in college level. She has traveled with students abroad to China to tackle some of the infrastructures in public spaces there. For her project she is bringing it a little closer to home with a different age set, but many of the same principles remain with design thinking and planning.

For her second project, she is working with the Chinatown Community Development Center to lead an experiential learning trip for Chinatown high school youth to travel to Vancouver later this Spring to learn about innovative urban planning policies.


Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan Deland has been working on improving many aspects of our city that extends beyond public structures. Recently she has been involved in a project to improve the immensely dense Chinatown neighborhood. The teams goal was to create a community vision to improve pedestrian conditions and safety conditions along a major four-lane road. During the project, Deland wrote as well as executed the public engagement strategy and coordinated translation of all outreach, workshop, and presentation materials. She also organized and led community meetings, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups while working with the San Francisco Planning Department to host the community outreach workshops.  Meet Our First Quarter Resident: Deland Chan She previously became acquainted and worked with young members of our community when she came helped in developing The Safe Walks to School project. They aimed to create a series of workshops and curriculum in order to encourage walking and bicycling with the 5th graders attending Jean Parker Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Urban planning concepts were introduced to the students to help them understand how and why transportation planners create streets and implement design changes to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The workshops were designed and led by TRIP members with Deland’s guidance. Deland developed the leadership potential of young members of the Chinatown Transportation Research Improvement Project (TRIP), a 35-year old grassroots transportation advocacy group committed to improving transportation issues in San Francisco’s Chinatown.The workshops enabled TRIP members to build stronger relationships with one another and solidify their understanding of Chinatown transportation planning concepts in order to teach the younger participants. You can find out more on all of the projects Deland has been involved in here. Be sure to say hello if you see her around the clubhouse or the city! We are excited to see what she accomplishes during her residency at Makeshift!

Kickstarter Success – Notes from our Playbook!

from Maksehift Society member Nicole Delger

Rena Tom and Bryan Boyer and a team of collaborators just celebrated reaching $31,905 on Kickstarter for Makeshift Society’s recent crowdfunding campaign for their expansion into Brooklyn.

Congrats all around!

Looking to launch your own campaign? Here is some of my favorite advice lifted right from Makeshift’s playbook!

When Rena asked for some help as they mapped out their plan of attack for conquering Kickstarter, I was happy to oblige. I was in the final stages of writing my book, Get Funded, and was excited to share it in its early form.

The best way to ensure success is smart planning. So here is a little peek behind the curtain of some of my favorite aspects of the campaign:

1. Get testimonials from your customers.

As we planned, we asked some very specific questions to the Makeshift community and how co-working from the San Francisco space had benefit them. The responses were fantastic, and we peppered it in throughout the campaign write up. This help get potential Brooklynites excited about what MSS could do for them.

2. We created some invaluable rewards.

We created some experiential rewards, such as dinner with Makeshift Founders and strategic advisors. For those who might be keen on meeting a blogger or influencer for a full hour of advice, conversation, and face time, this was a great way to support a wonderful initiative and have a great session with someone you admire.

3. Invest in a great video.

Rena brought in Wild Combination to create a top-notch video. They did an amazing job of having it be creative, but also being clear about what Makeshift was building, why they needed the funds, and where they were going to be used. The cost of entry into the crowdfunding world is getting tougher as more and more people launch campaigns. Invest in video if you want to ensure success.

4. Collaborate!

Rena and the Makeshift crew did everything from pulling in guest artists and friends for rewards, to getting folks at the clubhouse to be online ambassadors, to collaborating late at night via-google docs to map out the communications for the campaign. If you have a grand vision, bring in a team to help you bring it to life. A successful campaign can have someone at the helm, but needs a supportive team there helping make it happen. Ask yourself: who’s on your team?

If you’re looking for more advice, check out my step-by-step guide called, Get Funded: A kick-ass plan for running a successful crowdfunding campaign. In it, I map out from start to finish how to plan and manage the promotion of your crowdfunding campaign.

For a limited time, I am offering it up at half price for Makeshifters and their friends (that’s just $5) with this link, and you can get my full downloaded plan (include docs, scripts, and additional resources) for $90 here—saving you hours of prep and planning.

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