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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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

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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Hello from Nicole!

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nicole, I recently joined the MSS family as your friendly desk concierge and will be in a few days out of the week. When I’m not at Makeshift I enjoy exploring the city, as I am new to it, along with spending time with my cats, dog, and guinea pig. I look forward to meeting all of our members and hope to catch you on your days in the office.