Designers are found all over the United States, from large, urban settings (such as Seattle) to smaller, more isolated settings, such as my hometown back in Indiana. Each of these professional designers, regardless of setting, are feeling isolated from a local creative community of their peers, and lack daily opportunities to learn new skills that allow them to stay current with the ever-changing landscape of design. It became clear that a service was needed that will not only help pull these designers out of their current predicament of isolation, but will ultimately strengthen the discipline of design as a whole by uniting them.
The MakeReady Initiative service is dispensed through a guidebook, which acts as a sidekick for designers as they set up their local community and the physical space that houses them. It contains insightful discourse on the simple, yet powerful, components of the service, case studies to inspire, and workbook sections to keep track of their ideas as they work through the guide.