Me and Ale in Fast Company

I recently appeared with my colleague Alessandra Orofino in the Fast Company article “An MFA Degree For Designers Who Want To Change The World” by Michael J. Coren.

So you want to change the world? Cynics may send you off to Wall Street or a white-shoe law firm. Those with gumption will look for another way. The new Master’s of Fine Arts in Design for Social Innovation has opened its doors just for them.

“We’re adamant this not be a program where people sit in a classroom and talk about how great it’s going to be when they go out and change the world,” says program chair Cheryl Heller at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, and a board member of PopTech. “It is helping designers go beyond self-expression, which is how most designers are taught, and how to put [design] into practice to create a change.”

Read the full article here.

Weird Ghetto Umami Dinner


Ok, I’m going to share my ghetto umami dinner tonight: Canned octopus in olive oil (drained), lime juice, a squirt of organic mayo, a dab of Grey Poupon, a clove of chopped garlic, a shake each of smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, freshly ground black pepper. Washed down with a glass of box wine left over from Justin, my housesitter when I was in Brazil. It tastes like the ugly bastard stepchild of some weird Japanese izakaya fusion creation meets the kind of midnight munchies food I used to make with Caio in Barcelona back in the day. There is also the right kind of tender octopussy goodness that reminds me of the awesome octopus moqueca I had in Itaparica, Bahia last month with the kids from Capoeira Angola Quintal.