The Best / Worst

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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

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 COASTERMATIC

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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.

 

MONIKER

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 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

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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.

 

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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

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