25 September 2020As someone who runs a design studio, it is not uncommon to hold a design degree. However, I do have a neuroscience degree as well, and when people find this out, they always ask, “why?”The answer is simple: I planned to be a psychiatrist.So what happened? It was a really tough decision that weighed on me a lot, but finally I decided to apply to art school instead of med school. Then at least I'd never wonder "what if..." And if I really wasn't happy, I could always go back and apply to med school later.I never looked back. And I learned an approach to tough decisions: go for it and if it doesn’t work out, you can usually go back to where you were before. It was this thinking that helped make moving to NYC, Montreal, San Francisco and finally London, for work after graduation, a bit easier.I often give this advice to students, who may answer: is it not a big waste of time and money? It seems that so many want to know exactly where they are going, and then simply get there in a nice, efficient straight line. I'm not sure this is always possible, or even desirable. It is however, understandable. Uni is so costly these days. A tuition freeze and some scholarships meant my student debt was manageable, so I was lucky—the cost was well worth it.If for whatever reason, your path leads in many directions, in this new world of disruption and convergence, it does not mean a big waste of time or money. A diverse background always feeds into what you do later on. In my case, my design studio MOTHandRUST works with a lot of science clients, which means my background is an advantage. I lead science-related projects that I am genuinely interested and passionate about. It makes it easier for me to convey scientific ideas and findings in compelling ways. I can quickly understand and grasp the needs and vision of my science clients. I understand a range of audiences both inside and out of the organisation. Finally, I see the similarities between the Art and Science, not just the differences.
4 November 2019
As MOTHandRUST turns nine today, we will keep up the tradition to eat a lot all day and then leave the studio early to celebrate! I'm quite happy this is happening on a Monday this year.... Suzan
30 November 2018
MOTHandRUST is turning 8 years old today! We will be leaving the studio early to celebrate and to toast to the next 8 years!
I wish you were here in London to join us, I'll send some photos,
31 May 2018
Hello the MLE,Exciting news this week: my beautiful Boston Terrierist Beatrix made her debut at the studio. It went well! You can see in the photo above that she just slept. I have included a photo of Chad when he used to come to work with me. You can see that he was much more productive. Less lazy.I was reading this scholarly article from the University of Southern California regarding the benefits of bringing dogs to work. In sum:- Spending too much time too close to a project, problem, or other work can inhibit productivity and cause unnecessary stress. Pets remind people to pause and step back from whatever they are involved in.- Pets can create camaraderie within the workplace and trigger interactions that may not have happened without them. Better communication leads to more trust, a key component in a successful work environment.- Pets at the workplace make employees happier, lower stress levels, and create a comfortable, flexible environment. Reduced stress means less stress-related ailments and the healthcare costs that accompany them. So true.Have a nice weekend!Suzan xx
11 May 2018
Happy Friday MLE!
I'm excited to say that over here in London, we are all settled into our new studio in the famous Tea Building in Shoreditch. We have been based in Dalston for so many years, and it was time for a change. We quite like Shoreditch in the day, and its fun to get to know the area better. For example, today we ran into a girl dancing in the street while her friend shot her with his phone. Evidently, she was copying some K-Pop video that was playing on her phone (which is propped up on the ground in front of her), and doing this in public is some sort of thing. Enjoy the rest of your break in Arizona, looking forward to the photos!