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Our bar for selling out was pretty low. If selling out was going to be defined by simply engaging with the mainstream, then we were already losing because that was exactly what we wanted to do.
We wanted to take the formal conventions of a magazine and use it in the service of something that was on the fringe—feminism.
From an economic perspective, you can position yourself as an alternative, but if you're still dependent on the traditional revenue streams—that's going to complicate your ability to be truly alternative.
What happens when you don't conform? What happens when you encourage teen girls to embrace their differences?
I describe myself as a pop-culture-holic.
Kid's deserve good design.
A rebel goes against convention. Creativity does, too.
Our goal with all this is not to give answers, but to provoke questions—and not to just entertain, but also to educate. We hope the results are educational, fun and a little bit weird.
What has changed dramatically in the last hundred years is how children see themselves in relation to the world. We now put children at the center of things.
It pays to rise against convention.
It pays to have a side gig. It's a part of being a rebel.
I polled one of my kid's class about what they wanted as gifts for the holidays and 27 out of 28 said they wanted iPads or iPhones—and most of those kids already had iPads and iPhones. They just wanted the newer one!
Why buy into somebody else's imagination?
Art is just art. Art is making. It's just doing. It's delightful. Stop judging yourself.
You need to get rid of the idea that there is such thing as good art and bad art.
Any time you're in front of the television, get some paper and make marks.
Kids need freedom. Freedom to be bored. Freedom to explore and play with their tools.
Toys shape play.
One of the biggest jobs of parents is teaching kids that other people actually exist.
I'm part of the last analog generation.
Any time we interact with a kid, we are constructing their childhood.
Everyday bravery is something that everyone in this room is capable of building within themselves.
Sometimes, you have to be the brave person….When it's time to do the right thing - do it. Brave people do it., even if they didn't wake up that morning thinking they were going to have to do it.
We need riots to get creative, to keep our creativity alive.
If we want to live in a progressive world, we should create.