DESIGN FOR MAN KIND: To be totally, 100% honest? My readers. Holy inspiration, James--- these gals [and guys!] are the most encouraging and supportive community around. I’m truly blessed. I’m of the school of thought that inspiration begets inspiration, so if I’m feeling a little low on the creativity, I tend to ask my readers for direction or insight. They haven’t failed me yet!
WHO DO YOU CONSIDER A STYLE MAKER?
Do you want a person’s name or my definition? If I should name someone, I’m going to go with Keri Smith. I’m a massive fan of Keri, simply b/c not only does she follow the beat of her own drum, but she consistently reinvents the beat altogether!
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL SUNDAY MORNING.
Ahhh, my favorite mornings. I sleep in with Husband until my two dogs simply can’t bear the thought of us depriving them of their much-deserved attention. We’re awakened by wet noses and tongues--- humanity’s alarm clock. Husband cooks breakfast b/c I have a habit of burning food quite often, and then we chat over breakfast for hours… simply HOURS. It’s wonderful.
WHAT SONGS WOULD WE FIND ON YOUR IPOD?
I have a bit of an addictive personality, so you’ll often find songs on repeat. Currently listening to ‘Falling Slowly’ by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova. Holy obsession! I also love anything Cat Powers, Spoon, Joseph Arthur, Imogen Heap, The Shins, Tom Petty, Frou Frou, Simon & Garfunkel, and Emmy Rossum. See? OBSESSED!
WHAT EVERYDAY OBJECT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
It pains me to say this, but my Mac. It’s my lifeline.
WHAT EVERYDAY OBJECT DO YOU WANT TO COMPLETELY OVERHAUL?
I would just love for a U-Turn turn signal to exist in vehicles. I mean, seriously, when I’m riding my bike and you have on your turn signal, how do I know if you’re making a U-Turn or you’re just turning left? I’m totally going to get hit one of these days for guessing wrong so many times.
PENCIL OR PEN? WHAT KIND?
Neither. I’m a marker fan, and it MUST be Sharpie Extra Fine Point. Don’t forget the EXTRA there, b/c the Fine Point just won’t do it. J
WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION?
My relationship with Husband.
BESIDES SIGHT, WHICH SENSE IS MOST IMPORTANT?
WHAT WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT THAT YOU KNEW DESIGN WAS YOUR CALLING?
I’m not totally convinced that design is my calling, but it is a passion of mine. I have many, and I think the best thing about what I do is that I can combine as many of my interests all into one and tie it together with some yummy string.
WHAT ARE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY EITHER PERSONALLY OR PROFESSIONALLY?
Introspective, willing and able.
WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO WORK ON?
HAVE YOU EVER LOST THE PASSION TO CREATE AND IF SO WHEN, HOW, WHAT? HOW DID YOU GET IT BACK?
I don’t know that I would consider myself one who creates, but I do like to dabble into special projects for fun. My creations are more intangible, and yes—I hit that wall often. When I do lose the passion, I schedule a day off. I love the community that I’m involved in so much that I rarely use the whole day, but it helps to know that it’s there.
HOW DID YOU BUILD YOUR BUSINESS TO BECOME WHAT IT IS TODAY? (AFTER ALL SOME BLOGS TURN INTO BUSINESS.)
Hmm. I don’t so much consider Design for Mankind to be a business. I guess I could call it that, but I like to refer to it more as the love of my life. As in, “Mom, Dad--- Meet the love of my life! Design for Mankind--- meet my parents.”
FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING GOING OUT ON THEIR OWN TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSION WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER?
PR OR ADVERTISING?
Hmm. Neither. I’m going to go with marketing with a side of brand identity.
IN ONE SENTENCE DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE.
Constantly evolving. Ok, that was one sentence fragment, but whatever.
LOOKING BACK, WHAT ARE SOME UNEXPECTED TURNS THAT AT THE TIME SEEMED TO BE WORKING AGAINST YOU, BUT IN HINDSIGHT WERE ACTUALLY WORKING FOR YOU?
I’m a firm believer that faith will orchestrate your life, so this is a fun question for me. I was fired from a fantastic ad job in 2007 after two years of service to the company. It was so, so tough and I felt absolutely betrayed. Looking back, it was the inspiration to start writing again and I haven’t stopped since.
WHAT IS A PROJECT YOU STILL WANT TO DO?
Finally finish that book I’ve been working on.
CLOTH NAPKIN OR PAPER NAPKIN? OR NO NAPKIN?
Cloth if I have guests--- paper if not. Although I would love to eventually use cloth napkins and finer china for my everyday meals--- I need a clothesline and a backyard first, and then we’ll move on to hang drying!
FRENCH PORCELAIN OR FIESTA WARE? OTHER?
OMG I have no idea what either of those mean. Eek!
COFFEE OR TEA? HOW IS IT PREPARED?
I wish I would answer tea, b/c I’ve been trying to become a tea drinker again. BUT, it’s coffee. Preferably with a LOT of sugar and cream. Oh gracious, I’m going to give myself an ulcer.
WITH REGARD TO YOUR DESIGNS/WORK, WHAT IS ONE “I CAN’T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY DID THAT” MOMENT?
Hmm… totally not a designer, but in the context of my blog, I can’t believe I revealed that my stretch marks mapped out the entire urban sprawl of Boston, MA.
IS GOOD DESIGN INNATE OR CAN IT BE TAUGHT?
You know, I really think it’s a mix of nature vs. nurture. I know lots of very talented artists who have had zero schooling on the subject but are masters at the craft. On the other hand, my mother [and I mean this oh-so-lovingly] keeps her snowmen figurines displayed year-round, so can it be strictly hereditary? Eek. I hope not. J
A DESIGNER IS… FILL IN THE BLANK.
A valuable commodity.
A GREAT DESIGN IS… FILL IN THE BLANK.
I MOST WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR… FILL IN THE BLANK.
Inspiring others to live.
IF YOU COULD DESIGN A ROOM FOR ANY PERSON LIVING OR PAST, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT ROOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
My aforementioned mother, with the caveat that the snowmen are NOT involved in the design aesthetic. Oh gosh, could I choose every room in her home?
I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN LIVING A WELL-LIVED LIFE--- AND AT ANY BUDGET OR POSITION. WHAT ARE A FEW KEY ELEMENTS FOR YOU THAT EQUAL A WELL-LIVED LIFE?
WHAT ARE THREE SMALL INDULGENCES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE LIVING THE GOOD LIFE?
PHOTO ALBUMS OR PICTURE FRAMES?
Picture frames, hands down.
WHEN SOMEONE WALKS INTO A SPACE YOU’VE DESIGNED/OR LOOKS AT YOUR WORK-- WHAT WOULD YOU WANT IT TO SAY/HOW WOULD YOU WANT IT TO FEEL?
Umm, the only space I’ve designed would be my own home, and I love telling people that I designed it utilizing things I already had and altering them to create something completely new to me.
[link from design for mankind’s recent bedroom on design*spone:
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ANOTHER PASSION TO FOLLOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
That of a novelist. It’s still such a dream of mine.
WHAT QUESTION WOULD YOU LIKE TO ASK THE NEXT STYLE MAKER?
If he/she owned a brick and mortar shop, who would he/she commission to paint the signage? Design the storefront? What brand(s) would he/she carry?
TUNE IN NEXT MONTH WHEN THE Q & A WILL FEATURE INTERIOR DESIGNER KENNETH BROWN!