Ayse will promote her book Design the Life You Love, at the Koleksiyon Furniture showroom in Chicago on September 27th. Having made their North American debut at NeoCon in 2015, Koleksiyon also has showrooms in New York City, and Dallas. Located in Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart, the new 4,000 square-foot space showcases the company’s diverse product offerings.
The company was founded in 1972 by Turkish architect Faruk Malhan. It is a brand dedicated to designing and manufacturing high-quality products, for working environments. Headquartered in Istanbul Turkey, with locations in 26 different countries Koleksiyon is truly a global company.
Description of Talk: A book talk based on Ayse’s design philosophy. Our life is our biggest project! At a time when everything is changing so fast, the traditional roadmaps to a good life are disappearing. Create your own roadmap and design yourself an original life.
Speaker: Ayse Birsel, Principal, Birsel+Seck
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Often what we want and what we need are in conflict.
My favorite example is vacation and work--I want to be on vacation, but I need to be at work.
So if you can work on vacation and feel like you are on vacation while working, you are creating uncommon value. In design this is called dichotomy resolution. It's the ability to have your cake and eat it too, by thinking creatively.
"But in our daily lives, we often face problems that appear to admit of two equally unsatisfactory solutions. Using our opposable minds to move past unappetizing alternatives, we can find solutions that once appeared beyond the reach of our imaginations." - Roger Martin, The Opposable Mind
Here are ideas for feeling like you are on vacation at work and doing interesting work on vacation:
- Take a short business course in a different city or country. You'll learn something new and network with other students, while discovering a new city or culture.
- Teach a class. I tell my graduate students at Products of Design at SVA that teaching them is my vacation. I enjoy my time getting to know them and talking about things that interest me. I learn all sorts of cool stuff from them too, but hey do the work.
- Do breakfast meetings. Find a hotel near your work, a place you'd stay if you were visiting, that has a good breakfast vibe. For me this is The Breslin, at the Ace Hotel, NYC. Meet people there. Then go to work.
- You've probably heard of the Pomodoro technique? You focus on a task for 25 minutes, then you take a 5 minute break. Treat these breaks as mini vacations--a 5 minute meditation, jumping rope, dancing, singing, reading (= 3-4 pages of fiction). After 4 focus periods, you will have taken a full 25 minutes off--where you can nap, bake, read a thriller, draw. Great for time management and having a healthy attitude at work.
- Practice skills you love but often run out of time for, on your vacation. My friend Theresa Fitzgerald, VP Creative Director at Sesame Workshop, does quilting on weekends to practice her making skills. Ken Carbone, founder of Carbone Smolan Agency (they do brand strategy and experience design) does a live drawing session once a month at the office after work and invites his friends.
- Make lunch at work. Peter Miller who owns my favorite bookstore in Seattle cooks a communal lunch with his team. For recipes and inspiration for this ritual, read his book Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal. I've had delicious lunch meetings at 10XBeta and HMA2, design and architectural studios respectively, who have the similar lunch ritual.
- Wake up early and then go back to sleep. Get up very early, like 4am, do great work for an hour, but then go back to sleep for an hour or two. Knowing you can go back to sleep feels luxurious.
- Have a cocktail with friends after work. This is the English pub idea, or the American happy hour, that adds an element of vacation between your workday and home life.
- Have a real coffee break. Instead of making coffee and taking it back to your desk, have a cappuccino and a cookie at a local cafe. Talk to the barista, read your book, sketch, do some people watching. 20 minutes of vacation in a day of work.
- Reserve one hour a day while on vacation to work on your own project. Decide on the project before you leave, bring your materials (sketchbook, research material, books, camera), and spend one hour on it each day. In one week, you can accumulate 7 hours that can fuel your thinking for months to come. This is how I started and finished my book, Design the Life You Love.
- Is there someone you'd like to meet while on vacation? Do a little research about local people and reach out to them to have a coffee (you will find that people are often flattered and will make time for visitors). You will make a new connection and network without it feeling like work.
- Be a tourist for an hour or two during your work day. Schedule one morning to go to a museum, visit new stores, have lunch at a hotel, go to a bookstore to look at the new books in your subject of interest or do a little hike. Bring a teammate or invite your mentor. Back at work, imagine connections between what you're working on and what inspired you most.
- Teach a summer (or winter) class. Many schools offer week-long retreats or special classes you can volunteer to teach, in return for travel + boarding. My favorite work vacation was teaching a Design the Life You Love course for 5 days at Boisbuchet, a summer design school in France, in the middle of a secluded forest with very little internet coverage, in the company of some wonderful people and marked with communal meals.
If you liked these ideas, here is how you can do your own hacks for work and vacation--
Make a list of things that you like doing on vacation and think of how you can insert them, intentionally and in small doses, into your work week. Then make a list of things you love doing at work but often don't have time for, and insert them into your vacation time.
Creativity happens at the intersection of what we want and what we need.
I would love to hear about your work and life hacks!
Design the life you love!
Ayse will be speaking at the Design Management Conference in Amsterdam! Join us there if you can! The conference is "known for its diverse keynotes and speakers from across the industry, all focused on the topic of design management."
Ayse will be speaking at HOW Design live in Atlanta! We're loving her speaker description: "Author and Designer Ayse Birsel experimented with applying her design process to her life. Turns out it works."
Turns out it does!
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Join Ayse in Philadelphia as she celebrates the launch of her new book, Design the Life You Love! She'll be talking about her experience writing the book, and how to apply the process of design to your life.
For those of you in the Louisville area, join us at First Build to discuss Ayse's new book, Design The Life You Love, and get your own copy signed!
If you can't make it to our book talk at Atölye Istanbul, no worries! Join us for one of our exciting workshops lead by Ayse herself at The School of Life Istanbul, where you will learn about Ayse's new book, Design The Life You Love, and how to apply her approach to design to your life. Link to tickets is included below!
For all our friends in Istanbul, come say hello to Ayse at Atölye Bookstore and hear her talk about Design The Life You Love, her new book from Ten Speed Press.
Give this workshop as a gift to yourself, to a friend of loved one, or come celebrate together.
No prior design experience is necessary. You just need the desire to be playful, introspective and to learn a unique creative process.
To register please visit Eventbrite.
Join Ayse at the 92nd Street Y as she discusses how to apply the design process to your life with Casey Gerald, one of the “Most Creative People in Business” (Fast Company).
Ayse Birsel will sign copies of Design the Life You Love following the event.
Join us at Wanted Design's beautiful Brooklyn location, Industry City, for a tea time talk and signing of Ayse's new book, Design The Life You Love.
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JOIN AYSE BIRSEL FOR HER ACCLAIMED DESIGN THE LIFE YOU LOVE WORKSHOP IN NYC, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 @ SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, D-CRIT STUDIO, 10AM TO 1PM.
Ayse will be back at DWR Portland on November 11 for a talk and book signing. If you missed her there for the Civilization Podcast Live event on November 6, please drop by and say hello (or come to both).
Book signing and party at Portland's Hand-Eye Supply to celebrate Ayse's new book, Design the Life You Love. Everyone welcome!
**SOLD OUT Nov 10: Design the Life You Love Talk, Book Signing and Drinks at The Curiosity Club and Hand-Eye Supply
Ayse is thrilled to be a guest at Portland's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club "a fortnightly forum for the fearlessly curious!" Come join her for a talk and book signing followed by drinks.
Design Within Reach, Portland for a talk and book signing. Everyone welcome!
CORRECTION: Nov 6, Design the Life You Love Civilization Podcast Event at Design Within Reach, Seattle
A part of Beyond This Point, a podcast celebrating the creatives that inspire us, Ayse Birsel will be in conversation with Cameron Campbell in front of a small live audience at Design Within Reach.
Please join Ayse as she participates in a two-part dialogue on design being audio-recorded for the Beyond This Point podcast.
Ayse will be in conversation with design strategist Cameron Campbell.
Complimentary refreshments will be served.
REMINDER: Nov 5, Design the Life You Love Talk & Workshop at the Seattle Public Library Civilization Event
Join Ayse at the Seattle Public Library Civilization Event at the beautiful Central Branch Location Microsoft Auditorium for a FREE talk and workshop to introduce her new book Design the Life You Love.
Join Ayse for a glass of wine at Peter Miller Books in Seattle to celebrate the launch her new book, Design the Life You Love.
Come by for a talk and book signing at Hennessey + Ingalls in Santa Monica.
Join Ayse for a talk, Q&A and book signing at CCA.
Join Ayse for a short talk and book signing at the San Francisco Blu Dot Modern Furniture store.
No RSVP necessary, just stop by!
Join Us. Ayse Birsel in Conversation With Allan Chochinov and Book Signing.
Ayse Will be in conversation with her long time friend and collaborator, Allan Chochinov, Chair of the MFA in Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts and a partner at Core77, joins us to interview, followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
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Hope to See you there!
Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future by Ayse Birsel available on October 13, 2015 from Ten Speed Press. Pre-order a copy now!