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.


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.


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, 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.


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!

Why join Makeshift Society?



Why do people join Makeshift Society, you ask? Well, here are a few reasons from our newest bunch of members:

“Otherwise, my company, is a small group of like-minded creative women of color trying to do things right!” –Dianne Que

“I’m a writer and would love to have a community of other creatives to work with and around.” — Kristina Johnson

“Because I love the community, the space, and the value makeshift provides to SF.” — David Holl

“We need a space to be creative.” –Irene Duller

“Working from home isn’t very effective for me anymore, and I’m always searching for a good creative community!” –Christine Herrin

“I want to build relationships in the community.” — Arianna Orland


p.s. apply now for membership at either our San Francisco or Brooklyn location.

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)





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.

Makeshift Brooklyn + Good Eggs


At Makeshift Society we like being part of a neighborhood, and by extension a community, so when we eat, we look for delicious things that are grown nearby. To that end, we are happy to announce that Makeshift Brooklyn is now a pickup spot for Good Eggs, a virtual Farmer’s Market that delivers groceries from local farmers and food makers.

To celebrate the abundance of fresh produce arriving at our doors, we asked the foodies around here to share their favorite recipes. Our member Caroline Lee Jackson, a personal chef, kitchen optimizer and tastemaker, shares her recipe for Blackberry-Peach Cobbler. And most of these ingredients you can order from local producers at Good Eggs!

Blackberry-Peach Cobbler
by Caroline Lee Jackson

My family grew up enjoying cobblers every summer on 4th of July and every weekend thereafter until the last peach was picked! Cobbler recipes vary from one part of the country to another, even from one home to another.
 My favorite cobbler is not crumb-topped (that would be a crisp), biscuit-topped or short-crusted (both shortcakes, if you ask me). A real cobbler has a chewy texture and a crisp top, the smell of brown butter and is enjoyed best with loads of vanilla ice cream. There are two versions, the sweet one and the extra sweet one. I will let you decide how sweet you choose to make yours and add peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb singularly or in any combination. Many call this the “Cup-a Recipe” since it is easily remembered as most of the ingredients are measured in whole cups or one cup. (And there’s no shame in eating this year round, frozen fruit works as well as fresh, though the flavor might not be as intense!)

2 cup of blackberries
2 cups sliced ripe peaches
 (not mushy, mealy, or bruised. Buying local ensures less chance of any of the above, store for three days and let ripen at home keeping the peaches separate to stop them from bruising.)
1 cup of milk
1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar 
+ 1 cup of sugar for fruit (this is where you choose sweet or extra sweet)
1 stick of butter
1 T of baking powder (if yours is 3 months old, purchase a new one for best results)

Items needed
Paring Knife
Large Bowl
Measuring cup and Tablespoon
Soufflé Baking Dish or deep baking dish (3-6″ deep and 7-9″ diameter)

1. Turn oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place stick of butter (unwrapped) in soufflé dish and put in oven to melt.
3. Peel and slice peaches over a bowl saving the juice from the fruit.
4. Add the blackberries and sugar to taste (this is where it goes from sweet to extra sweet depending on your preference).
5. Remove the souffle dish from the oven carefully, it’s hot!
6. Measure and add directly into the souffle dish the milk, flour, sugar and baking powder.
7. Mix until smooth with a whisk.
8. Spoon the fruit (not the juice) over the cobbler batter evenly. Now drizzle the juice on top.
9. Return to the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The center should be firm if you hit the side of the souffle dish. If it jiggles only a little and the top is quite brown, just leave it in the oven, turn off the oven and allow it to set. If it jiggles a lot, keep cooking it and check every 5 minutes. Cover the top if it is browning too deeply with aluminum foil until it is finished.
10. Serve immediately while warm with lots of vanilla ice cream.