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The Public School + “Fictional Entrepreneurship” Class?

I have submitted an idea for a class on “Fictional Entrepreneurship” to be taught at the Public School. If you are interested, please sign up!

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.

The class structure would be roughly as follows:

  • A brief introduction to the concept of Fictional Entrepreneurship, it’s relevance in today’s culture, and examples of fictional business.
  • Concept / Ideation time (think tank). As a class, we will all work togetehr to come up with a loose premise for the company (i.e. a tea store!)
  • Break into groups / mini teams. The teams are as follows:
  • Business Plan Design Team: What does this company’s business plan look like? Is it a series of drawings? Is it a collage? Is it written?
  • Brand Identity Team: What is the name of this company? How does it present itself to the world? Why does it do it that way?
  • Products / Services Team: What does this company do / make?
  • Marketing Team: How does this company differ from others? How does it get the word out?
  • Reconvene as a class and make presentations.
  • Return to small groups, revise, and finish.
  • The result: a business: potentially critical, definitely wacky.

If you are interested in the class, please sign up, and if you are interested in this workshop being taught at your venue, contact me leaving a comment here or emailing me directly @ matt@averynicedesignstudio.org.

In other news, this Saturday is the opening of MADE UP at the Art Center College of Design featuring a diverse group of artists and designers within the Design Fiction realm. The show should be fabulous, I know for a fact –

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Back In Action

Well hello again blogging world – it seems like so long since we last sat down and talked, but I am back again. A lot has happened since my last blog post, and my interests are now close to be defined and to a point of specificity. I am now an alumni of UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, and a current student in the MFA program at the Art Center College of Design studying Media Design. In case you are curious, here is my most recent statement, which has gone through many revisions, and is close to helping me understand my obsessions as I work towards my thesis.

Matthew Manos uses transmedia design as a method of authorship in order to provide new perspectives on the things we forget about. His work aims to marry a passion for business, activism, and story-telling in order to form cultural critique and raise questions about the capabilities and potentials of both the design and business industries. Matthew uses design-oriented research in order to explore all mediums and technologies to formulate results that lead to more inquiry. Matthew is both a fictional and non-fictional entrepreneur interested in exploring and innovating new modes of business construction in order to use capitalism as a topic for design research, and business as a tool for the creation of art and design.

I go to school in a wind tunnel – it is awesome. This past semester was extremely eye-opening for me. It’s funny, looking back at my work from the past 10 years, I realize that there is such a strong connection / string between them all. I am excited to continue to define that string, and to grow it – hopefully that will be visible on this blog… But for now – “business” Matthew is going to take his tie off and hit up the Burbank Skatepark. This would mark one year since I last dropped into a bowl… and that is just too depressing. It is time to find a balance – literally and figuratively.

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