This weekend, I experienced a series of aha moments, one being that I’ve turned into a type of person that used to bug me. And that type of person is someone who uses the word “maker”. When I interviewed Mike Perry for Design by the Book in 2008, he referred to himself as a “maker.” It was the first time I’d heard someone use that term in an earnest way. I had heard the word used for a while, and for some reason, it always got under my skin. It seemed like a lazy way to get out of describing what you really do, or to gloss over a perhaps less-than focused practice or studio. But over the past seven years, I’ve watched the design scene grow and change into one that makes the term “maker” more and more appropriate. As designers and artists set out on their own to start their own businesses, they’re using all sorts of skills and testing the waters of different media and disciplines. What I used to see as a slackery unwillingness to commit now feels like a thoroughly modern and accurate way to describe someone who is committed to working with his or her hands, in whatever form or style that takes.
I touched on this idea of multidisciplinary design/designers during my talk with Maxwell the other week, and it’s been on my mind 24/7 since then. I’m really starting to feel energized and excited about the cross-pollination happening in design right now. Designers seem more likely to work with other creative industries, whether it’s food, music or fashion. I know different creative fields have always collaborated, but it seems we’re on the cusp of something exciting — mainly a new breed of designers who are unwilling to narrow their job description because they truly embrace the idea of working by hand in whatever way excites and inspires them. In that spirit, I wanted to share this print from one of my favorite design teams, OMFG Co. in Portland, Oregon. OMFG makes this simple but bold print that’s the perfect way to celebrate people making things — anything that makes them happy. Click here to check out the print online and pick up a copy ($30 each). (Image via Jenya Andreev) xo, grace