The MILK Truck by Anthony Schmiedeler

And now to share the biggest, funnest, fastest project we, the Future Mavericks, were able to complete this summer. It stems from the last blitz we co-created and facilitated. 

The challenge: How might we turn Rapid Ingenuity into something anyone can use?

After two days of blitzing, we came up with three possible solutions. 

Furioso the Furious Pickle Inciting individuals toward ingenious actions through an unexpected character campaign.

Baahhg! - A portable creative toolkit to spark and build upon ideas. Teaching and spreading Rapid Ingenuity with its contents.

The MILK truckDeliver Rapid Ingenuity playgrounds, in the form of a mobile lab, for groups to use and explore.

With a week and a half left in our residency to execute one of these solutions we had to think fast. We chose to take advantage of a recent addition to our available resources, a Cricket trailer prototype, and moved forward with the MILK truck. In about ten days we were able to turn a two-person camper into an eight(or more)-person mobile meeting space, covered in whiteboard paint from head-to-toe. With a little bit of IKEA hacking we turned knife racks into magnetic marker holders and a rack system into a rearrangeable formation of blitz materials to be customized for any occasion. A portable projector screen can be placed at the head of the camper or you can pull out as much scratch paper as you need from the roll behind it. And a lovely potted plant to top it off. The best part about the MILK truck is that our re-engineered table can be lowered between the benches to form a bed and maintain its camper functionality.

On my last day I "tested" out the whiteboard paint with some freehand illustrations and the guys at Future were able to take it to a meeting the next week with great success! It's hard for anyone to deny the power of Rapid Ingenuity when they are sitting in a prime example of it. I was incredibly surprised and proud at what we were able to turn out with such a limited amount of time, minimal resources, and no experience doing anything like it before. I may never fear a deadline again. Without a doubt, the MILK truck was the perfect project to end an amazing summer residency at Future.

Kiosk XXXXX: Out Now! by Anthony Schmiedeler

My goal as art director and designer of Kiosk 50 was to get back to the roots of what Kiosk is all about, student art & literature, and making that student art & literature accessible to the entire KU campus and community. In the past, a short run of well designed and beautifully bound books were distributed among the art building with a few copies reaching beyond that to funders and involved groups. This year we were able to release with the campus newspaper, the University Daily Kansan. We sacrificed good paper and glossy covers for the widest distribution of Kiosk magazine in it's 25 year history. And it was well worth it!

At the same time we were able to take pieces of art and literature from past issues and juxtapose them with new submissions to honor what has come before us and create something new at the same time. We hope this issue of Kiosk has opened the door for more students to access the incredible talent at KU as well as become a part of the talent pool that submits work for future issues. Check out the pdf version below.

Tchotkes by Anthony Schmiedeler

Tchotke is a small bauble or miscellaneous item. Depending on context, the term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability as well as tackiness. Also known as the funnest things to design.

Here are a few tchotchkes I thought up during my internship that never made the cut.

What did make the cut and might exist someday (hopefully) is this sweet tote bag. Including some of my favorite custom typography I have ever done.

Oded Ezer's Design Philosophy by Anthony Schmiedeler

  • Design should be fun, not tiring.
  • Try to treat any problem as a challenge.
  • Daydream.
  • Sketch.
  • Never throw away any sketch or piece of work no matter how stupid and pathetic it is.
  • Bad ideas now can be brilliant solutions in the future.
  • Design should be easy to produce.
  • If something becomes too complicated simply avoid that direction.
  • Use simple and cheap materials an techniques.
  • Amuse yourself.
  • Always listen to other people.
  • Never let anyone else decide for you.
  • Unless you have a real reason, work with black and white only.
  • Unless you have a real reason, work on your own.
  • Don’t look at graphic design books for inspiration when you are short of new ideas, instead take a long walk or meditate.
  • Adopt other people methodologies, not their style
  • Be obsessive.
  • Be generous.
  • Be as honest as you possibly can.

Transcribed from his interview on Debbie Millman’s podcast Design Matters.