Today we’re getting to know Donna Piacenza and Jody Work of Studio 1AM a little better. Thanks so much for joining us today.
Please tell me a bit about your background and how it led you to start Studio 1AM.
Jody: In undergrad I studied both Graphic Design and Metalsmithing, so I took a job working with industrial designers in order to fulfill my need for being involved in the 3-D world. We met at that company and it was immediate bliss!
Donna: I’ve always been a tinker-er so my studies led to a degree in Industrial Design. Working together allows us to explore across a broader design spectrum, making the most of our unique perspectives.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
We find inspiration in travel and people. Life experiences fuel design. We’re also fascinated with processes – How can we take advantage of a process by changing the system, encouraging mistakes, etc.
Please tell us about your process, getting from 2-D to 3-D, and what that means.
Our most successful projects happen when the process informs the end product. We love having a hand in making things ourselves as well as the end user making the final touches. Then there’s our love for manufacturing processes and getting to know them as craftsmen.
We’re focused on creating meaningful messages. Whether these messages take the form of typographic signage, objects, or print materials, we believe our reciprocal process (going back and forth between 2-D and 3-D) strengthens the message.
Why did you name your company Studio 1AM?
It’s quite literal, actually!
We worked together at a product design consultancy for years but desired a more creative outlet. We’d get together with other designer friends at night to work on our projects to keep each other inspired and motivated. Those late night projects eventually turned into a business.
What’s next? Where do you see the company headed in the next few years? What else are you chomping at the bit to explore?
We’re always inclined to use what we have available to us. We work locally as much as possible and find challenges in seemingly simple projects. We’ve been asked by Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery to help make use of some beautiful oak bourbon barrel staves and are excited to explore the potential there!
We welcome anything new and different. Design is changing rapidly. It’s much more recognized and integral to daily life in the digital age, therefore we cannot solely be stylists anymore. It’s heavily intertwined with media and there are many untapped avenues in this area which make it both really exciting to be in design and challenging because we are forced to change methods and ways of thinking at all times. Design is a dialogue. We think collaboration and crossing of disciplines is important and strive to create meaningful, message-driven work.
Thanks so much for Donna and Jody for taking the time to share their story with us!