Today, Here 3/31/14: Opening Day in Cincinnati, OH.

Today, Here 3/31/14: Opening Day in Cincinnati, OH.

Quote No. 089

"Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans."

– Mr. John Lennon

Dispatch from Ohio

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It’s been a busy start to 2014. Posts on MTTB™ have slowed, largely because I’m in the midst of an incredibly expansive project in Cincinnati, OH. For the past six months, Kate and I have been working with the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation to design and build a philanthropic lab called People’s Liberty. Through individual grants, ongoing mentorship opportunities and inspiring programs, People’s Liberty will provide Cincinnati’s emerging and existing talent with the tools and resources they need to move their creative ideas forward.

Rumination No. 041

Perhaps what we’re capable of together is far more than we’ll ever be capable of as individuals. 

Today, Here 3/4/14: Presentation to Graphic Design Students at Ringling College of Art and Design. Boom!

Today, Here 3/4/14: Presentation to Graphic Design Students at Ringling College of Art and Design. Boom!

Today, Here 2/28/14: Letterforms™ on display at Typeforce. Great showing, great crowd. Honored to be included.

Today, Here 2/28/14: Letterforms™ on display at Typeforce. Great showing, great crowd. Honored to be included.

Antidotes, Anti-Goals, Uncertainty

This morning, I was reminded to embrace the unexpected and live/make something of the unknown. British journalist Oliver Burkeman writes:

We tend to imagine that the special skill of an entrepreneur lies in having a powerfully original idea and then fighting to turn that vision into reality…But the most valuable skill of a successful entrepreneur isn’t “vision” or “passion” or insistence on destroying every barrier between yourself and some prize you’re obsessed with. Rather, it’s the ability to adopt an unconventional approach to learning: an improvisational flexibility not merely about which route to take towards some predetermined objective, but also a willingness to change the destination.

Uncertainty is where things happen; where real opportunity exists. All the above stolen/borrowed from Brain Pickings.

The results of your work should appear effortless. The most glorious creations seem to appear in full out of nowhere. That’s the sign of a craftsman. Creating something from nothing is a triumph of imagination and skill. When you sew a stitch, it should be so small that it disappears into the fabric, and becomes part of the whole. The smaller the stitch, the better the seamstress. 
I imagine words in a novel like stitches. Words should flow seamlessly, without a tug or a pull to take you out of the thought itself.  
– Adriana Trigiani, Don’t Sing at the Table

The results of your work should appear effortless. The most glorious creations seem to appear in full out of nowhere. That’s the sign of a craftsman. Creating something from nothing is a triumph of imagination and skill. When you sew a stitch, it should be so small that it disappears into the fabric, and becomes part of the whole. The smaller the stitch, the better the seamstress.

I imagine words in a novel like stitches. Words should flow seamlessly, without a tug or a pull to take you out of the thought itself. 

– Adriana Trigiani, Don’t Sing at the Table

Quote No. 087

In the same way media and communication technologies have altered many industries, that same kind of change is occurring in planning and design. The role of a designer is shifting from one who delivers the design of products or services to one who’s creating a platform, in some cases, for participation. The traditional authority of the designer has been deposed.

– John Bela on the rise of user-generated urbanism. More

Rumination No. 040

How do you uncover the identity of a city? Who can/who should do it? How do you do it? How long does it take?

Your thoughts encouraged and appreciated (via post or email).

Email: megan@tomorrowtoday.is
Post: 1739 Elm Street Apt 3 Cincinnati, OH 45202