Inside Design: A Plumb Job

MacFadden & Thorpe by Jason Polan
Inside the Plumb Process with designer Brett MacFadden of design firm MacFadden & Thorpe. Sketch by Fall 2014 Plumb artist, Jason Polan.

In fall of 2012, our friend Tucker Nichols came to us with an interesting potential project. He had been talking to the people at Knock Knock about an idea for a new kind of blank notebook, one in which artists were given reign to create books that truly reflected their way of working and worldview. Fast-forward through a lot of this and that, and a few months later we found ourselves brainstorming what this imprint would be, what it would be called, and what kind of products we have dreamt of creating.

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Everybody Take A Freaking #artbreak Already

How did we all get this busy? It’s embarrassing, really. We all have coping mechanisms for dealing with the constant flood of stupid stuff in our lives. Some people eat chocolate or buy sneakers online. Other people play drums really loudly or swim to Alcatraz. I’m not a strong swimmer, so I’ve settled on drawing.

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