4. Love Your Experiments

Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day. This is at the heart of Design Making, a program I helped launch at Capital One several years ago. This is #2 on my list, second to #3 on the manifesto. Joy is the engine of

2. Forget About Good

Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth. Good is safe, comfortable, controlled. Growth is embracing uncertainty. We are so obsessed with good. Everything we do has to be ‘good’ and god forbid

Concrete? A Visual Arts Primer

I’ve had concrete on my radar for a while now. I came across a tutorial online for creating concrete letters​ that I was considering for a Design Making workshop. But not really knowing how much of a mess it would really be, I held off. So when Bonnie set this one up, I jumped on it. Messy? Yes, but not unmanageable. Am I still considering a DM type workshop? Hell YES.

Paris & The Maker Landscape

After attending a conference in Amsterdam, Bonnie Sampson, Ryan Dawson and I ventured south to Paris to explore the maker movement. Currently, Paris has a stronger presence than any other European city. The maker movement in Paris is new. The first ‘official’ Maker Faire, took place in June of 2014 after a test run in October of the previous year. It was modeled after events taking place in the US as early