Thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday night and apologies for the late post. I succumbed to the flu later that night and the rest of the weekend (and a bit of this week) was a toss up. As promised, the last meet-up was different and, after presenting the new AT site, we spent the lion's share of the evening brainstorming ideas for the new year. Here's the scoop....
Next month (January) we're going to take a break and come back full force on February 7th, 2008. In the meantime, I'm going to put together a calendar for the spring and assign themes for each month's meet-up. The goal here is to create a hybrid meet-up that could contain the following elements:
Meet-Ups themed to common problems or issues, such as "space saving", "green design", "getting designs made" or "renovating your apartment"
1. independent designers presenting their work
2. expert designers brought in to speak, critique and share their ideas
3. amateur designers/real people sharing their solutions and homespun designs
In this way, the meet-ups would be less reliant on pulling young designers out of the woodwork each month (hard to do), pull in reader/amateurs sharing (which is what AT is all about), and appeal more broadly to many more people.
As much as I am totally excited to host and organize, I very much hope that you'll put in your feedback and we'll workshop and develop this Design Meet-Up together, as that is the best way to make it grown. Look out for more notes here and via the NYDesign Meet-up email.
SHOUT OUTS & CHECK OUTS
• Cuyahoga Furniture makes fine furniture in Brooklyn (but we need the URL!)
• Good Magazine Holiday Party is sometime right around NOW
• Bust Craftacular was last Saturday! (sorry)
• Divine Studio is having a party (we think) Sunday, December 16th at 23 east 4th street
• Third Ward Brooklyn wants you to know that they are a great non-profit resource for designers.
• Adaptive Design Association is a remarkable design non-profit that designs and builds special furniture for children with disabilities.