[place] makes: a creative pulse

[Place] Makes exists to surface and to celebrate curiosity and passion. Exploring the intersection of community and creativity, we shine a light on people and spaces that shape a place. We believe in the power of creativity to transform, to inspire, and to create the most meaningful human experiences. We aim to support individual + shared creative confidence and to build a curiosity-driven community.



hi, from alice + scott

When we talk about our vision for [place] makes, we most often talk about following our curiosity.

We believe that leaning into curiosity makes for unexpected (and most often really special) experiences. We hope to foster a community grounded in this mindset of curiosity that celebrates creativity, inspiration, and time spent with humans.

For us, 2018 was a year on the move, exploring what makes place—how are creative communities formed and what are the spaces and people that create them? We spoke with generous creative folks around the world to learn more about their work, where they feel inspired, how they collaborate, and why they love (or don’t love) their cities. We are slowly (sorry!) publishing pieces to share the stories of these awesome humans—stay tuned for more there.

While our feet are more firmly planted in New York this year, we’re excited to focus on programming (curating events such as our salon series), stories of amazing humans, and exploring what it looks like to foster curiosity-driven community.

- A + S

A bit about us beyond [place] makes:

Between the two of us, we have worked on projects ranging from ethnomusicology research in Rwanda, service design in Mexico and South Africa, and product strategy in San Francisco and Uganda.

Alice leads the business design practice at a start-up studio in New York, Human Ventures, and is a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design. In the past she has worked in design and innovation consulting, social enterprise, and start-up environments. She has a MSc in Strategic Design from Parsons, a 2012 Fulbright scholar, and a BS from Vanderbilt University. She does her best creative thinking when walking or doodling.

Scott is a musician (piano and fiddle for Drown Your Boots) and digital media strategist. He works at Pinterest and past experiences range from a digital strategist at Google, to creative business development at Tongal, and to Head of Business Development for Silicon Valley start-up, Standard Cyborg. He has a MSc from the University of Oxford in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and a BS from Vanderbilt University. He does his best creative thinking when brainstorming at a pub or cafe.

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We are proud to have readers in 65+ countries. We're always open to new people/spaces to feature and would love to hear from you! Please note: we’re behind—we having forgotten about you, we promise and we care!

We’re also launching a podcast! If you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch.

events + Workshops

Place Makes Salons are gatherings of eclectic artists and friends across creative disciplines, designed to provide both inspiration and tangible advice for the individual artistic journey.

In addition to artist-led events, we are experienced workshop facilitators and love sharing with global audiences. Recently, we have had the pleasure of speaking and hosting a workshop at Design Days Design talks Business event in Gydnia, Poland.