shAwn smith + the two step

Shawn Smith is the founder of ReSketch, an awesome sketchbook of bound reclaimed paper stock. ReSketch uses a random assortment of paper weights, colors and patterns to encourage imagination through discovery. 

Paper is no novelty and neither is reusing paper, but breathing new life into discarded/unwanted paper to be used in the same medium it was initially intended for + fostering creativity, is. It’s basically the analog baseline for creativity much like the two step is to dance. Think about it. 

There were a couple of points Shawn spoke to that I found particularly inspiring:

In regards to starting a Kickstarter, 1. What are you going to create? 2. Do you believe in it enough to see it through?

And making the decision to move forward with ReSketch he said, “I’m not super great at this, but I think I know enough.”

So you don’t need to be an expert to have the confidence to start a project. You’ll learn along the way and become an expert through the process. 

He also happens to be the creator of Shawnimals, nbd. 

I hope he’s not offended by the paring with DJ Unk’s version of the two step. 

eAmes + the electric slide

Industrial design is a lot like a dance move; simplicity is favored over complexity; repetition is essential (in production and movements); and can communicates without cultural boundaries. Take the Eames molded plywood chairs and the Electric Slide. Both arguably, universally known and understood across cultures, languages and geographies. The Eames chair is appreciated for its simplicity, comfort and style largely through its materiality and shape. The Electric Slide is also simple in steps, comfortable in the the sense there are no strenuous motions and its style is adaptable.

I have always loved and admired the work of Charles and Ray. Their aesthetic, massive depth of work, and ability to cross disciplines - because good design is good design, no matter what field its produced in.

Someday (soon, hopefully) I would like to design exhibitions that increase accessibility to learners. Through this entrepreneurial product development course I aim to gain experience outside of the non-profit world and explore relationships with objects between institutional and non-institutional spaces. This Tumblr will serve as a place for Assignments + inspirations + process/progress on the Kickstarter. Plus I think it will be fun to compare designers and my progress with popular dance moves, duh!