Browsing Tag



How to Make It Video

April 20, 2012

So you couldn’t make it to our first How To Make It event last month. No more worries. Here is a video of our panelists Tina, Ana, Jeff and Nickey sharing their design and business experience. They discuss everything from expanding your staff and to picking a name for your brand.

More events coming soon, on everything from branding to green design. Leave a comment if you have a suggestion for a future topic!


The How To Make It Panel Weighs in on Branding

March 27, 2012

The panelists of March’s How To Make It event weigh in on the importance of branding your creative business.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss and Tattly – People trust consistency in a brand. Knowing what to expect is a valuable thing.
Jeff Davis, Vinylux – As an independent designer, you are your brand and the integrity of the product. Consistency is really important. It’s everything, as long as it is consistently good.
Nickey Skarstad, Etsy Success – Create a cohesive public face. Make sure your social media, copy and product photos all tell a tight story.
Anna Rabinowicz, RabLabs – A brand develops over time within the products. It should be an organic process: it should make sense and all wrap into what you are eventually trying to accomplish.

For another look at How To Make It, hear Brianna’s story on Unemployed Brooklyn.


Morsels of Wisdom from our Design Panel

March 8, 2012

Earlier this week we hosted How to Make It: How to Make Money While Doing What You Love, a panel of design professionals who shared their experiences with local Brooklyn artists. We asked them each to share the best advice they’d ever gotten about how to succeed in a creative business.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss and Tattly – At one time I was seeking the advice of others when faced with a heavy decision. I kept on getting advice that didn’t feel right, until I realized the greatest advice on my own- nobody can tell you what’s right for you. You are the only person who knows what is best for you. Trust your decisions.

Nickey Skarstad, Etsy Success – Tell your story well. You are unique and creative and so are your products.

Anna Rabinowicz, RabLabs – I often refer to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell for my favorite piece of advice. When you make a quick decision, everything falls into place. When you mull over choices and take a lot of time to think about it, that extra time doesn’t pay off. Follow your gut.

Jeff Davis, Vinylux – A professor told me to make sure this is really what I wanted to do. Knowledge of your business will be all-encompassing and when you embark on a certain path you must commit. If there is something else you are thinking about, examine it. Some day it might be too late to turn back.

Dave Bolotsky, CEO of UncommonGoods –You don’t ever make the right or wrong decision. What matters most is what you do after you make that decision.

What an inspiring evening! Stay tuned for some great video. In the meanwhile, here are few shots from the after party!


How To Make It: RSVP NOW

February 23, 2012

Ever wonder how to quit your day job?

RSVP now: our first How To Make It design event is coming up on March 6, at the Rabbithole Studio in DUMBO!

Get business advice from our great guest speakers: Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss, Tattly), Jeff Davis (Vinylux), Nickey Skarstad (Etsy), and Anna Rabinowicz (RabLabs). We’re going to have a great talk about how to make money, while making what you love.

Now we know space is limited and not all of you live in Brooklyn, so we’re making our very first event as open as we can. If you’ve got a question for one of our panelists, leave it here in the comments or tweet @uncommongoods with the hashtag #howtomakeitUG. We’ll be live-tweeting throughout the event and be posting video. Even if you can’t be with us in person, we hope you’ll join us online!

But for those of you who can make it, we can’t wait to see you! We look forward to hearing more about your creative design goals, getting together for a beer and baked goods, and having a great discussion about how we all can be more successful at making what we love.

Pin It on Pinterest