Bk Mag Culture issue launch

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Bk Mag recently took over our space to celebrate their most recent issue, the annual Culture Issue.  The magazine features a timeline exploring Brooklyn’s evolving culture from past to present, an in-depth interview with Noah Baumbach, and insights into the current art, music, and food scene of the borough.

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In the early evening, party goers swarmed in, snagged a Sapporo, and milled about. While some were flipping through the magazine, others were cheesing with giant flowers, and some were swaying to the DJ Colin Ilgen from Newton Radio.  

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Our lower level was occupied by the Haiku Guys. Attendees suggested themes to inspire the writers, and everyone left with a custom Haiku.

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Celebrate your next big event with us! We have an inspiring and flexible layout that can accommodate all kinds of special events. Stop in for a tour or get in touch for more information. Special preference given to people who bring reflective balloons!

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LOVE / HATE ZINES

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.

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All photos by Laura Pardo

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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.

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Natalia Baker

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Boyoun Kim

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Greg Mihalko

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Tyler Moody

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Erin Rommel

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Sue Jean Ko

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Isabel Urbina

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

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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.

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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.

Working Late: Project Breakdown

This autumn we’ve been hosting a series of evening events called Working Late in collaboration with Adobe Typekit. Each evening was an experiment aimed at fostering a conversation about the how and why behind design projects. How did this thing come about? Why does this thing exist?

To cap the series, we invited Kelli Anderson to share a single project by breaking it down, talking through the struggles and laying the pieces out to show how they do (and sometimes don’t) connect.

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All photos by Tim Gibson

Never one to do the expected, Kelli used the opportunity to share a confidential, yet-to-be published project and get feedback from the assembled peers. I can’t talk about the specifics of the project, but the lines of inquiry she led us down are worth reporting nonetheless.

Both the content and visual design of the mystery-project are deep and complex, but Kelli has worked and reworked them without being reductive. “Distillation” was the word that kept coming to mind as I listened to her talk. The project she showed is about essences; Kelli is designing interfaces that help people grapple with essentials.

Such a thing does not come easily, and Kelli generously showed dead ends as well as some successful experiments that will be in the final publication. With complex content, the visual design should probably be simple, she contended, so a lot of the struggles were to “pare everything down to get to the aesthetic analog for this [content].”

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Being reductive brought other challenges, though, as it puts a lot of weight on just a few choices — is this the right typeface, the right two-color palette? Kelli made the case for the role of a designer in guiding such choices:

It’s my job to help people make decisions based on cultural reasons… “This has to be blue, and not just any blue, but this particular blue!”

This devotion to finding. the. right. answer was evident in the careful exploration of design proposals throughout Kelli’s presentation. As much as she was able to make a strong case for the expertise of the designer, she did not discount other factors, such as commercial concerns.

That’s why “distillation” kept coming to mind: seen as a set of constituent parts the creative process is messy, often confusing, or even tense, but it ends in something singular and great.

Huge thanks to Kelli for being open with her process, and this project, and to Adobe Typekit for helping make all of these events possible.

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You can be part of discussions 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 say in the loop.

‘One Brooklyn Under A Bun’

In honor of National Sandwich Day, November 3rd, we rounded up the best sammies from 20+ local restaurants. With everything from Saltie’s Scuttlebutt (hard boiled egg, feta, black olives, capers, pickles, pimenton aioli) to Court St. Grocers‘ Italian Combo (Salami, capicola, mortadella, swiss cheese, mozzarella, pecorino romano, egg hoagie spread, arugula, red onion, mayo, on a caputo’s seeded club roll) our 13+foot sando proudly displayed the diversity, ingenuity, and flavor that one borough can pack between two pieces of bread.

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all photos by Tim Gibson unless otherwise noted

A big thanks to our “One Brooklyn Under A Bun” sandwich contributors and to poets Nancy Mendoza and David MacGougan, whose sandwich poems were read aloud at the unveiling.

66 Hope Cafe Marlow & Daughters
The Bagel Store The Meatball Shop
Campbell Cheese & Grocery Meat Hook Sandwich
Court Street Grocer Nam Nam
Dépanneur No 7 Sub
Eastern District Otha’s
Five Leaves Red Star
Grilled Cheese Social Saltie
Knife The Sandwich Shop
La Goulette Scratchbread
Lincoln Station Summers
Little Neck
Lodge

 

SANDWICHES DON’T LOVE US

BY NANCY MENDOZA

Sandwiches don’t love us.
Forever they
Hone the proportions
Of lunch, articulate
the boundaries of our preferences
and aversions, unsparingly reveal
our compromises.

But when the mayonnaise.
When the soft bun or the tomato jam.
When the micro greens
Or the grassy cheese.
When the French ham curling
On itself. When we stack

Beyond mere self and lavish
All of our style and form-making
In a piquant risk to find
What lies between us,
Sandwiches love.

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SWEET 23′ SANDWICH O’ MINE
BY DAVID K. MACGOUGAN

Tis true that blackness swallows all,
though some men choose their Siren’s call.
No nobler cause be found, I pray,
that I take one more bite today.

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Makeshift Member Angeli with Campbell Cheese & Grocery’s Spicy Turkey (photo Emma Rodriguez)

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Sandwich Day poster artwork by Cait Brennan

Small Business Saturday Guide

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With Black Friday and the holidays at our doorstep- it can be easy to get caught up in all of the sales at the larger chain stores. Take a step back and look at who you may know in your circles and community that can offer just the things you want or need. They may not mark their products down to next-to-nothing, but their products are handmade, of the highest quality, and most importantly, made with love.

We wanted to share of favorite makers and small business owners within Makeshift and our community. Whether that be online, in their shop, or utilizing their services they offer, we want to support the makeshi(f)ters out there. We will be continuing to update the Small Business Guide post with local shops and events that are taking place over the holiday season, so be sure to check back!

This holiday season, join us in #shopsmall & #shoplocal!

Happy Holidays!

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