Coming Up: Exquisite Totes

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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.

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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.

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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:

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$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 sanfrancisco@gmail.com 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 (lindseywcollins.com) 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.

 

SF Design Week with Guts & Glory

G&GEvent-27There were so many events during SF Design Week it wad hard to keep track of! A week chock full of amazing design events, talks, and parties. We were gracious to be able to host a talk featuring the rad ladies of Guts & Glory of our window instillation fame! There was wine, obscenities, cotton candy, emojis, and of course lots of design.

G&GEvent-40The event was kindly hosted at the magical tree house/offices of Social Print Studio. If you can not remember the last time your printed out any of your photos (guilty) or want a way to take your Instagram snaps analog, SPS is your go to. For the event, they printed cheeky swag bags with emojis on them to place on every chair. We think that people might have decided where to sit that evening based on which emoji they wanted!

G&GEvent-9G&GEvent-53 sG&GEvent-26Everyone seemed to be jovial and having fun, even before the witty presentations. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when there is a cotton candy involved. We made sure to have an old school cotton candy machine at the event to not only guarantee sugar highs and nostalgia, but to go along with the cloud theme for the Mad Libs instillation on our windows! If you don’t get the reference, you should stop by the clubhouse and check out the window take over from Guts & Glory.

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We also had wine from Union Wine Co. to get the design conversation flowing. To make sure we stayed well hydrated, it was only a Tuesday after all, with all all of the cotton candy and wine consumption (there was a lot!) we had the new SOMA water pitchers at hand.

G&GEvent-38The designer of Social Print Studio and founder of Makeshift, Rena Tom, warmed up the mic and the cozy, bright chairs on the stage. G&GEvent-63 G&GEvent-59The ladies of Guts & Glory laid their knowledge on us. There were talks of haters, lovers, perfume, hiring employees and the fallacy of work life. balance. Really, it doesn’t exist!

G&GEvent-73With many in attendance running their own businesses or working for those that do, it was insightful to hear how they got to where they are today. They were completely honest, vulnerable, and humorous towards the road they took and how they are still learning and taking shots in the dark at running a small business. They depicted their journey in self employment and lady boss-dom as having their “pants down and lasers out!”

G&GEvent-99After the talk, there was time for questions. The ladies where more than happy to answer all the questions that were thrown at them. Following the talk, there was more wine and cotton candy floating around while attendees mingled and connected on design and other topics.

Thank you to everyone one who attended and a special thank you to Guts & Glory, SOMA water, Union Wine Co., and Social Print Studio for such a great evening!

All photos via the lovely Sarah Deragon

Member Spotlight: Matt Beale and Cory Forsyth

This Member Spotlight post features the newest small team to join Makeshift Society. Say hello to Matt Beale and Cory Forsyth, the duo behind 201-Created.  Long time friends, Matt and Cory quit their full time jobs in 2012 and started their own company.

We caught up with them to find out what they’re working on, why they work from our space, and how they’re doing their part to contribute to the whole point of the internet: sharing cat pictures.

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How did you two start working together?

Cory: We’ve been friends through the Ruby (programming language) and NYC technology community for many years. I think we first got to know each other when a company I had started (called outside.in, no longer around) hosted programmer happy hours in our offices in Dumbo. Over the years Matt and I collaborated on some small side projects and stayed in touch. In 2012 we started talking about wanting to work together in earnest as freelancers. It took about 6 months to find the right opportunity, when neither of us had a full-time job any longer, to join forces. We’ve been working together and slowly growing and formalizing our company ever since.  We hired our first full-time employee this June!

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Can you tell us about any interesting projects you’ve been working on lately?

Matt: Absolutely. This summer we’re working with Bustle’s great tech team here in Williamsburg. Most of the work will be on their content editing experience, using HTML5 and JavaScript to improve the collaboration between authors and editors. The code will be largely open source. We work hard to find clients ready to leverage community as much as code, and use our active roles in the JavaScript and OSS world as part of our pitch.

Some other recent work has been on the Nest store, and with our friends at Aptible. On the side, we’re constantly contributing to Ember.js and other projects. We try to balance technical contributions with community ones, and besides commits we also published a community survey and raised over a thousand dollars with our first Coding for Causes program.

Cory: In the spring we worked on a project with conservationists in east Africa to build an interface for them to upload photos of lions that then uses facial recognition software to help them track the lions as they move through different regions. It’s been said that the internet was built to enable sharing of cat pictures; we’re trying to do our part.

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What do you enjoy about working from makeshift?

Cory: The pleasant atmosphere is great for working. It’s not quiet as a tomb, but not distractingly loud either. Makeshift has all the productivity benefits of a coffee shop without the drawbacks. Well, it doesn’t have coffee, but that’s actually a benefit too. There are plenty of great cafés around the space that are easy to walk to. One of my favorite things about Makeshift’s space is that it really encourages creativity by making it easy to get up and move around. The location is a big, airy, bright area right on street level, on a nice quiet street, which makes it very easy to get up and get out for a quick walk outside to clear one’s head. A quick afternoon walk around the block to pick up a coffee and maybe a cookie is a great way to reinvigorate my creativity in the afternoon. Other co-working spaces that I’ve worked at are on high floors and I have to pack up my computer in my backpack before I can get outside, which makes it subtly harder to get up and move around. At Makeshift I can just get up, walk around, and get right back to work.

Matt:For my afternoon americano a favorite spot is Parlor Coffee’s popup, inside the Person of Interest barber shop. Another favorite close by is Oslo Coffee Roasters on Roebling.

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What’s a philosophy you live by?

Matt:We believe writing software is a creative practice, and strive to make the most of the few million lines each we will each write in a career. This means a continued investment in learning, constant collaboration with the open source community, and plenty of time off to recharge!

Cory:The best type of work also has an element of play in it. I’m happiest and feel most productive when I’m learning while I’m working.

Be sure to stop by on sunny mornings to say hi to Matt and Cory. And ask Matt for some awesome music recommendations!

SF Window Takeover With Guts & Glory

GutsGlory window take overIf 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!GutsGlory-3GutsGlory-16We 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! GutsGlory-20They 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! GutsGlory-7We 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 petunia the pigGuts & 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! guts and glory mad lib GutsGlory-33They 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.guts and glory bookletsWe 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!GutsGlory-44Thank 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! guts and glory petunia the pigMost images via the lovely Sarah Deragon and the rest are from our Instagram feed