This June, Portable Studios had a super exciting time introducing Brooks Atwood and his wife Estelle to the Australian design community. Brooks, who advocates designing from a place of risk – staring failure square in the face and finding creativity in impossibility, took Portable Talks audiences in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (where he was part of the Vivid Live festival) on a sometimes wacky yet incredibly informative and inspiring journey into his design process and work.
Brooks, who is a leading American design thinker, practitioner and academic, credits failure as his greatest design inspiration. His presentation, titled ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ demonstrated that groundbreaking design is created when you work collaboratively, take risks, continuously fail and most importantly never forget to be sexy.
Here’s what Portable Talks audiences had to say:
“Brooks presentation was pitch perfect. It was both entertaining and useful, which is difficult to achieve.”
“Brooks was down to earth and realistic”
“Brooks is the most inspiring creative I’ve ever seen!”
“The presenter was very entertaining and crazy”
Since Brooks returned home to the USA in early July, things have got even more crazy and exciting for the Mad Professor of Design. He was one of the top three contestants on HGTV Star, had his Fort Greene home photographed on The L Magazine, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of his company POD Design. Not bad for a mere three months, but if you’ve met Brooks you’ll know he’s someone who is never afraid of new opportunities.
The Portable Studios Team miss the electric energy and passion Brooks inspired, so we thought it was time to share his full presentation with those who couldn’t attend the talks and those who want to re-live the magic. The above clip contains the entire Melbourne presentation (complete with Brook’s idiosyncratic illustrations!).
Below: Brooks with his wife Estelle at the Minna Gilligan opening at Daine Singer gallery
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