Lowering the Barrier to Making

In the fall of 2016 I created a short digital film, “Lowering the Barrier to Making: Lessons from the Rick and Susan Sontag Center”, to document several of the lessons that my design firm, Red Cover Studios, uncovered during the our conceptualization and launch of the Rick and Susan Sontag for Collaborative Creativity (the Hive). The work I did to create the Hive played an indispensable role in securing a record-breaking, $25 million endowed gift to the Claremont Colleges. In order to share the learning from this projects and the role prototyping played throughout, I wrote, shot and edited “Lowering the Barrier to Making: Lessons from the Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity” in order to highlight the lessons I’d learned in creating the Hive. The film was shown at the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM), which was held on November 13-16, 2017 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).