We’re excited to share the second edition of our collaboration with Designers & Books: 10 Books on Making. Part of our themed month on Make, the list focuses on different aspects of making—from telling the story of how things are made to what it’s like to produce and create things—both physical and digital.
A few from the list:
The Toaster Project, Thomas Thwaites
Self-Portrait as Your Traitor, Debbie Millman
Sign Painters, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman
Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek
The Craftsman, Richard Sennett
We’ve pulled some of our favorite takeaways from popular talks to give you 2-5 minute videos packed with inspiration and motivation. The perfect length for a quick break between projects, or a preview before seeing if you’d like to watch the full 20 minute talk. Check them out.
Watch more shorts here.
This October, we’re excited to announce our theme of “Play.” The theme was chosen by our organizer Jade Tang and the Auckland team and depicted by Auckland-based James Stewart for our monthly illustration.
The speakers this month touch upon multiple aspects of play from Max Tempkin, founder of Cards Against Humanity (Chicago), Tomáš Pilař, a young Opera Director (Prague), to Jemma Kahn, the primary illustrator and principal storyteller in ‘The Epicene Butcher’ who will be performing her take on Kamashibai (Johannesburg).
As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
September’s Global Theme is “Connect”
Last month, fifty-seven CreativeMornings chapters came together for a global conversation around the topic of “Urbanism.” This September, we’re excited to announce our next theme: “Connect” brought to you by Mailchimp. The theme was chosen by our Vancouver organizer Mark Busse and skilled Vancouver-based designer and illustrator Tom Froese made our monthly illustration.
This month’s speaker list promise to cover a wide breadth of topics, ranging from Monika Frech, co-founder of Dark Horse who will be speaking on capitalistic communism (Berlin), Matthew Clark of Subplot Design on Synapses and Synecdoches (Vancouver), Charles Morrison, who wrote a letter a day to acquaintance when his sister was dying of cancer (Seattle), to Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits, a system of electronic modules that snap together for prototyping and play (New York).
To find an September event near you, check out creativemornings.com, or follow your local chapter on Twitter. As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
We’ll see you there!
August’s Global Theme is “Urbanism”
Last month, 55 CreativeMornings chapters came together for a global conversation around the topic of “Space.” This August, we’re excited to announce our next theme: “Urbanism.” The theme was chosen by our Stockholm organizer Richard Feigin and skilled Stockholm-based illustrator Marcus Gunnar Pettersson created our monthly illustration.
Speakers are delving into all aspects of urbanism and how we interact with our built environment: such as George and Sarah Aye of Greater Good Studio, who use design to solve social problems (Chicago), to Adam Gebrián, well-known “architect who never built anything” (Prague). From collecting a city’s stories to building collaborative ecosystems, talks from this month will make you think hard about the city you inhabit and the role you play.
To find an August event near you, check out creativemornings.com, or follow your local chapter on Twitter. As always, tickets are free and available starting the Monday before the talk.
We’ll see you there!
This Friday, our Detroit chapter is kicking off our August theme month about Urbanism with Andy Didorosi and The Detroit Bus Company. Andy will sharing his creative process and speaking about urbanism within the context of Detroit.
Besides The Detroit Bus Company, Andy is an owner of many other organizations and including Paper Street the arts and business campus: The Thunderdrome!, a local racing series; Wireless Ferndale, a free community wifi project; and BuildingMinder, a property maintenance, management and asset liquidation company.
Find out more about the event here.
May’s Global Theme is “Backwards”
During March we celebrated “Reuse” at CreativeMornings events around the world. Now for May, we’re excited to announce our next theme: “Backwards.” Our past Chicago host Mig Reyes selected the theme and the talented Chicago-based photographer Paul Octavious provided a photo for our monthly illustration.
A few speakers from our 50 participating cities include Pam Goldsmith-Jones (Vancouver), Mira Kaddoura (Portland), and Seth Godin (New York).
To find a May event near you, keep your eye on creativemornings.com, or follow your local chapter on Twitter. As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
We’ll see you in the morning!
Our April theme is “The Future” brought to you by Squarespace
From recycling bins to open-source ideas, this March we dissected “Reuse” across our chapters. April is arriving in full force, and we’re jazzed to announce our next theme: “The Future” brought to you by Squarespace. San Francisco chapter host Erika Hall selected the theme, and the talented Frank Chimero illustrated it.
Writer/artist Austin Kleon will speak at our shiny new Austin, TX chapter. Other speakers include location software maker/explorer Amber Case (Portland), and Catherine Rohr, who founded an accelerator program for ambitious entrepreneurs with criminal histories (New York.)
To find the April event closest to you, keep your eye on CreativeMornings.com, or follow your local chapter on Twitter. As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
The future is nigh!
The speaker at today’s CreativeMornings/Raleigh is Lyle Estill, founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro that collects used fats, oils and greases from throughout the region and converts them into B100 biodiesel fuel.
Lyle is the author of several books, and many blog entries and articles on renewable energy, local economy, adaptation and sustainability. He is a reluctant activist who now finds himself entrenched in what he calls, ‘the renewable energy establishment.’
A CreativeMornings Month On “Money”
The theme was selected by our Zurich host, Daniel Frei. A few speakers from our 40+ participating cities include Jessica Jackley (Kiva), Ellen Chisa & Nikki Lee (Awesome Foundation) and Kim Baffi & Jason Pierce (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners).
We’re lucky to partner with organizations that not only support, but participate in our global conversations.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fine artist, illustrator, designer, art director, or entrepreneur – if you’re trying to make a living doing what you love, you’ve likely faced the difficult question of how to value your work. Squarespace is excited to explore a global conversation on money this month in cooperation with CreativeMornings.
— Squarespace on the topic of money
To find the event closest to you, keep your eye on CreativeMornings.com. As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before your local event.
More themes, talks and cups of coffee to come!
Illustration by Amsterdam-based artist, Tim Boelaars