Joe Mallonee: Resident Reflections, Summer 2015
Joe Mallonee bravely hopped on a bus in Pittsburgh, found a three-month sublet in Clifton and joined the People's Liberty team as our design resident this summer. Joe created some amazing visuals with us this summer. That eye made from our gallery floorplan? Joe. That one-hundred dollar bill launched like a paper airplane? Joe. That snarky "away" sign on our front door? Also Joe. Here's what Joe had to say about his residency experience.
What did you accomplish during your residency that you're most proud of?
Rediscovering my love of play. People's Liberty and my work here have regenerated my interest in doing. Prior to this Residency I had been overly focused on thought and was becoming narcissistic about my work. Elements of creative narcissism are beneficial, but I was in overdrive when arriving in May. Through the summer I received freedom and support from the people here and tried my best to use that to produce print and digital deliverables. More often than not I still started with an idea, maybe repeated steps too often, then was prompted on by others to move forward, which I did through play. The deliverables are insignificant when compared to regenerating a mindset.
What skills did you sharpen?
I’m still in the process of sharpening speed. It’s taking a while...
Did you make any connections or form any relationships during your term that you plan to carry forward?
Many. Throughout my time here, the thought of leaving in August was in my mind, but that didn’t prevent me from meeting amazing people. Cincinnati crawls with stars, and the conversations I had with them and the relationships that formed were a direct result of People’s Liberty.
What's next for you?
I’m taking a gap year to gain experience and jump into my own work. If any of these next experiences are as great as my time at People’s Liberty I’ll feel pretty lucky.