Welcome to the new digs. We’re still getting set-up, but feel free to look around. Actually we’ve been lurking around for sometime now, but we think it’s time to turn on the lights.We’ve got some great ideas in the works and we’re excited to watch what happens and we hope you join in.
This journal will offer some insights into our process, philosophy and some general ramblings every now and again. And, of course the VisuaLingual archives will be here.
For those of you who have been following for a long time, it’s been a while since we’ve been as active as we’d like to be. We’ve cleaning the cobwebs and watching a lot of drama play out in the world around us.
Through all of that, we’ve gained some perspective and as a result are making some changes to how we do things. Now more than ever we think it’s important for our work to be meaningful and have an impact. We want to give people a reason to come together, advocate for the importance of ecosystems and strengthen the ways we interact with each other and the natural world around us.
We know that is a lofty proposition and we by no means think that we’ll have some grand effect, but together with the work of others if we can point ourselves in the right direction we have a good chance of finding some great opportunities to do great work everyday.
The Department of Everyday is about something simultaneously big and small. As a design practice we’re focused on the small handmade and community level interventions that can happen within a context of limited resources. But this in itself is HUGE. This is the way that real significant change happens.
Our name is derived from the Michel De Certeau book The Practice of Everyday Life, which investigates the means by which individuals adopt and adapt the culture around them to create something entirely new. It’s a typical heady French theorist text, but the idea that the consumer becomes the producer is an empowering idea and since reading it and viewing the worlds of our creative culture it is hard not to see the world that way.
Through an upbringing filled with skateboarding, graffiti, hip-hop, DIY urbanism it is easy to see that mass culture is about how, where and why it is appropriated by whom.
It is the everyday moments that shift define our cultural practices and start to have a broader effect on the social dynamics. It’s always happening and we can either advocate for what we feel is meaningful or relinquish ourselves to our bubbles.