Archive for June, 2011

Howdy Do It: My Workspace

Margot Harrington

Here’s a couple of outtakes from my Closet & Casa post on Oh Joy! So happy to work with Bri & Joy, and of course, Ben Speckmann for taking ze photos. I never would have gotten my shit together to make this happen without you guys. Thank you for that, you’ve all made my week.

So, ladies and gents, I give you…my crap.

Since moving into my new studio space I’ve definitely noticed a major spike in my productivity, I’m billing time AND blogging in the same day! In order to make this what I’ve wanted, I’ve done several rounds of inventory, sorting and purging which lead to many discoveries, like for example, vintage cigar boxes are great for storing sharpies & pencils, post-its, tea, xactos, bone folder, and my good scissors. And I’ve also developed quite the attachment to my tea mug, which came from Sprout Home. It’s handmade porcelain with a chunky knitted wool koozie. Paper storage is always an issue for a graphic designer, thus the file organizers, vintage, from Post 27. In them go various papers stocks, envelopes, zines, tracing paper, moleskins, sketchbooks, etc. My favorite detail on these buddies are a throwback from their previous owner who affixed them with names of countries. No idea why, but that strange addition is why I noticed them in the first place.

I’m also quite pleased with the newest addition to my worklife: an actual office chair of my very own. A very early production Saarinen, she’s a little faded and worn in real life but otherwise perfect. I won ‘er for one cent over the lowest bidding price on bay. It happened on a total whim, but there you have it. Another example of stuff finding its way home.

Not pictured: to-do lists, clipboard, water bottle, lunch, keys, phone, headphones, bills. And of course me, notably absent since I obviously can’t do the work on that computer while I take a picture of it. Speaking of…I really must get back to it. Let’s do this another time though, it is big time fun!

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Howdy Do It came from “how do you do it,” the question Margot & Ellie Snow found themselves asking about their freelance lifestyles, and so Howdy Do It was born, a column about the things we do to keep ourselves organized, inspired and on track. Read more here and here.

Friday Links on Thursday

It’s pretty much design bonanza week in Chicago right now. Between the HOW Design Conf, the Show ‘N Tell Show, and Creative Mornings, not to mention numerous meet-ups, art shows, and after-parties, my dance card is pretty well booked up for the rest of the week.

I’m still a little buzzing from this gender bias (see the post below) discussion too, I haven’t interacted so thoroughly on the internet like that at all before. I’m pretty happy with the results and yesterday I found this excellent article that actually has a really great solution to the problem: Mentorship.

+ Thank you to Birdwatching for featuring my work today! Via my girl, @elaineinspired. *

+ I’m a MASSIVE fan of Dutch design (well the whole darn country is majorly kickass to be honest) but I received an email from The Submarine Channel linking to their profiles of several legendary Dutch names (like Droog & Wim Crouwel). Go, child, and be schooled in their mystical ways. And once you’re done, sign this international petition to stop their government from cutting arts funding. They have 30 years of some of the best government-supported culture in the world and I am sad to hear that it is under threat.

*Ack. So the embed code isn’t working, lame. Vimeo let me go through that whole process without telling me that I didn’t have embedding permission. All is not lost, I’ve emailed to see if I can get it. Stay tuned!

See you hip cats on Monday!

Acceptance: 1st Step towards Change

Work from a few new-to-me creative ladies showcased in GOOD Magazine’s special showcase on females in design. This showcase is a companion to an earlier post Dylan wrote which stirred up a fair amount of controversy regarding gender bias in the work world (read more here and here and here) so I spent last night slaving away at a response, one from a live female this time, on the subject. It’s posted here on The Fox is Black.

Images, top to bottom: Maria Janosko, Pizza Island, and embroidered lettering (!) by Maricor Maricar