Twirl + Sparkle + Beckon
Made with Might Make out of wood, silver paint and fishing line, “The Shape of Things to Come” twirls, sparkles and beckons its reader to stop and imagine a more optimistic future.
On permanent display at the Threadless headquarters in Chicago.
Things Take a Long Time
I recently bought a used sandwich board on eBay, and turned it into a marquee in my home. Every few weeks since, I’ve changed the phrase, searching for ideas and methodologies that I believe in. After hanging this phrase, “The Shape of Things to Come”, I couldn’t escape it. I carried it with me every day. It feels so inherently positive and hopeful, and frames the future as a nebulous, shifting idea. A year later, I made it into a mobile that hangs above our bed.
The subtle rotation of the letterforms added just a touch of magic. Seeing this when I wake up every day fills me with hope. The sound the plastic makes as it hits the wall on a windy day reminds me that I’m in a safe place.
For me, important work must be discovered through an authentic process. Follow your research. After observing that the phrase “The Shape of Things to Come,” I was inspired to stop and think about the future. I wanted to find a means for others to do the same. Everything we do builds upon a foundation of an earlier idea.
Massive thanks to Aaron Gadiel for encouraging this project.
- Chicago Design Museum
- Great Ideas of Humanity
- Chicago Design Market, Block 37
- What’s Worth Preserving?
- O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, Palestine
- Designing Unexpected Cultural Experiences
- Clutch Gallery Residency
- Dan Friedman, Soho House Chicago
- Stage Design, Chicago Ideas Week
- The Shape of Things to Come, Threadless
- Unfolded: Director’s Letter + Paul J. Smith Interview
- Vol 2.0–2.9, Iterative Work
- Vol 1.0–1.1, Iterative Work
- You Are Beautiful New Years Hotline
- Starts/Speculations: Director’s Letter
- This is Chicago
- Blackbox Gallery, Some Office
- The Design Pack, Cards Against Humanity
- Richard Hunt, Chicago Cultural Center
- Slide Lecture Flyer, Ed Fella
- Around the Clock Identity Design
- Interaction: Clock for Identity Designers, ASU