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.

 

Member Spotlight: Fabian G. Tabibian

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Meet fine artist, experience director, and makeshift member Fabian Tabibian! A true New Yorker, Fabian was born on 196th and Broadway, raised in Queens, schooled in the Bronx and the city, and lives in Brooklyn. Originally, Fabian was focused on a degree in Econ, but a minor in Studio Art took him on a detour from MBA applications to the MFA program at Hunter College. He’s been focusing oh his studio art practice ever since.

We caught up with Fabian to find out about his work, his fave neighborhood hangouts, and the unique way he memorized the boroughs as a child.

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Walk us through a day in the life of Fabian.

I’m up around 6am and start on the things I want to get done for me by 9am: Stretch, meditate, give gratitude, write, read, make breakfast and lunch, and some kind of fitness activity. When I do this, I feel like the rest of the day is a bonus.

I work three-days a week for an amazing amazing digital education start-up (Zearn.org) as Experience Director. I’m usually focused on one main project for an extended period. The work is big thinking and sweating the details at the same time.

The other two days (and the weekend), I’m focused on my studio work. Since I work predominantly with digital media, I can work most any place — I make work on my laptop when desk bound, on an iPad when standing and walking around (usually at my studio in Greenpoint) or even on my iPhone when riding the subway. I try to steal extra time whenever and however I can to make new things.  I use the studio space to print large works, look at works side-by-side, studio visits, and to crank music loudly.

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What kind of projects are you working on right now?

Current design work is top-secret at the moment. Current artworks are digital abstractions that connect with painting more than photography. The source or starting images for these works are found by hacking my computer and seeing what files the internet has left behind from a days worth of use (thank you, internet!)

What’s your favorite thing about working from Makeshift?

The vibe! It feels like working at an arts library — which is one of my favorite places to make work!

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Where’s your favorite spot in the neighborhood to wind down after work?

The backyard at Spuyten Duyvil with a book in-hand, or Roebling Sporting Club if a good game is on.

Share a funny childhood memory with us.

I remember learning about all the neighborhoods in the Boroughs by the infamous murders that occurred at each locale — this is more funny weird than funny haha. It’s a much safer town now!

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Do you have some life advice you’d you like to share?

I sometimes snip quotes, this was today’s find:

“…it is always better to do something one feels good about than something that may make us materially comfortable but emotionally miserable. Such decisions arenotoriously difficult and require great honesty with oneself.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Thanks Fabian! If you ever see him walking around Williamsburg, be sure to say hi and ask him for a good book recommendation.

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!

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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Member Spotlight: Meet Matilde

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Meet the delightful and talented Matilde Rasmussen, our latest international visitor. Matilde spends her work days at her graphic design studio called All the Way to Paris but recently she made the 8 hour flight from Copenhagen to NYC for just two weeks to prepare for a digital storytelling project she’ll be working on during the Sasso Residency in Switzerland.

When she leaves NYC, Matilde says she’s going to miss “the culture, and all the great inexpensive food options here,” and of course, Makeshift Society! We enjoy having visitors like Matilde who come for a few days, a couple weeks, or maybe a month or two. Welcoming these temporary members of Makeshift Society means they expose us to their excellent work (see below for a sample of Matilde’s) and we help them get tied into the creative networks of New York.

Some of All the Way to Paris’ gorgeous work below.

Georg Jensen — December tales (2013)

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KSK – Center for Kræft og Sundhed København (2012)

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If you happen to be an on out of towner, you can be a visitor too. Next time you’re traveling through New York for work or holiday, come say hi.