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How To Make It: Collaborating and Building Your Network | Videos

April 11, 2013

Earlier this month we hosted another design panel and happy hour for designers in Brooklyn. The topic of conversation was learning how to work well with other artist in a collaborative community, a business partnership and on the internet. Sitting on the panel was artist and founder of the AmDC Kiel Mead, Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano of Twig Terrariums, and UncommonGoods Community Outreach Coordinator, Gaby Dolceamore (yeah, that’s me!).

Guests were invited to mingle with each other and the panel; enjoy some Brooklyn Brewery beer, Dark Horse Wine and Pelzer’s Pretzels; and vote on a community winner of the Woodworking Design Challenge. Check out Zsuzsanna’s winning design, the Floating Window Air Plant Wall Decoration.

We know not everyone can head over to Brooklyn on a Tuesday night to join our events, so we are happy to offer clips from the night’s discussion below!

Communication is key, especially when best friends become business partners!

Michelle and Katy of Twig Terrariums reveal how they split up the work in their business.

Kiel describes the dynamic of contributing to a group of artists in the AmDC.

The Twig ladies talk about how important it is for them to share their craft with the local community.

The group discusses the importance of telling your art’s story.

The panel weighs in on the belief that 80% of a group’s work is done by 20% of its members.

Kiel describes how he makes the most out of networking with other artists.

…or just watch the entire thing!

Design

Come to our next How To Make It panel & happy hour

March 12, 2013

Teaming up with others can improve your designs, help manage your time better and open up new business opportunities. Don’t believe us? Meet designer Kiel Mead of the American Design Club (AmDC) and Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow of Twig Terrariums at our next panel discussion about the benefits of business partners and collaborating communities.

Join us on April 2 at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn for a panel discussion. Stay after the talk for free beer from Brooklyn Brewery, grilled cheeses from the Morris Grilled Cheese truck and a chance to meet other creative professionals. Also, influence the future of UncommonGoods by helping us pick the community winner of our Woodworking Design Challenge!

To learn more and RSVP, visit our events page.

Maker Resources

How to Make Your Products Eco-Friendly and Spread the Word

February 18, 2013

This month we had the pleasure of hosting our fourth How To Make It design panel and networking happy hour in Brooklyn. We invited local designs (although some traveled from as far as Central Pennsylvania) who came to hear our panel discuss greenifying your designs and small business and how to get the word out about your eco-friendly creations. Everyone stuck around to swap business cards, meet our buyers and enjoy Brooklyn Brewery beer and Morris Grilled Cheeses.

Weren’t able to make it? Watch some clips of the conversation below.


Rebecca talks about the return on investments made in making your products more eco-friendly.


Rebecca shares some great marketing ideas for building a happy and healthy customer-base.


Tiffany shares some common mistakes made when marketing eco-friendly products.


Green products also means a more energy-efficient work environment. Rebecca shares some easy retrofits to make your home and office greener.


Yuka gives advice on pitching your products to the media.


You have a green product, now what about your packaging?


A lot of companies throw around the word “green” but there are some restrictions.

Want more? You can watch a video of the entire discussion below.

Design

NYC Green Resources

February 7, 2013


For those present at our How To Make It event panel on Tuesday, February 5, and those interested in learning how to implement greener practices in their home and their work space, here is a list of green resources in New York City from Rebecca Krauss of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s EcoBiz program.

ConEd provides free energy assessment
www.coned.com/energyefficiency

Choose an ESCO (energy service provider) to save money and/or go green
www.greenmountain.com
www.viridian.com

Find your recycling rules
www.nyc.gov/nycwasteless

Where to recycle everything else
www.earth911.com

Design

How To Make It: Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

January 11, 2013

We were so sad when Sandy swept in and soaked our plans for hosting our 4th design panel and networking happy hour event. But after a couple weeks and a swift recovery from our venue, powerHouse Arena, we are happy to announce that the event has been rescheduled and tickets are now available.

We can’t wait to start the conversation about how to make your designs and your small creative business greener. Our moderator, Yuka Yoneda of Inhabitat.com will sit down with designer Tiffany Threadgould of Terracycle and Rebecca Krauss of the EcoBizNYC program of the Lower East Side Ecology Center and founder of triEco to discuss industry trends, local resources and tricks of the trade. Stick around after the chat to trade business cards and talk to our buyers.

Visit our How To Make It page for more info on the panelists and how to RSVP. Hope to see you there!