Recently, a colleague invited me to submit a quote to a book he’s writing called “Developing Citizen Designers.” The book, which will be targeted towards educators, will include a number of practical resources for designers who wish to work in/with/for community more effectively. While I still believe doing the work is the best way to learn how to do the work, I’m glad to see publications of this kind develop.
If something is popular, there’s no point in trying to join in. When you do that, you’ll always be behind, following in the footsteps of others. The only thing you can do as an artist is make your own work and, if you’re lucky, eventually the interest will swing around to you.
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.