October 26, 2020
Making It Up 140: Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 community sneaker and the pandemic content void
On Making It Up 140, Charis and Eugene talk about the collaborative sneaker project being run by Afew and ASICS for the 30th anniversary of the GEL-Lyte 3 that includes major community input. They also discuss an article that considers the effects of less continual documentation and publication of our personal lives on social media during the pandemic.
00:02:52 Afew x ASICS
00:21:21 Content vacuum
October 19, 2020
Making It Up 139: Pandemic art and bookclubs
On Making It Up 139, Charis and Eugene discuss the new tech startup BookClub and how niche groups of people formed around singular interests benefit (or not) from technological additions. They also talk about trends in art this year in relation to the pandemic and lockdowns.
00:15:45 Pandemic art
October 5, 2020
Making It Up 138: Fashion consumption under capitalism and a tech-free life
On Making It Up 138, Charis and Eugene talk about whether it’s hypocritical to criticize capitalism while also spending money on clothes. They also discuss what a wholly tech-free life looks like.
00:02:46 Socialism and capitalism
00:27:43 Tech-free life
September 24, 2020
Making It Up 137: Hong Kong food culture and chess popularity
On Making It Up 137 Eugene and Charis talk about how Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted in the pandemic. They also discuss chess as a current streaming obsession and how AI is making the game beautiful again.
00:02:57 HK food culture
00:26:06 Chess changes
September 17, 2020
Making It Up 136: New York's "death" and the luck factor
On Making It Up 136, Charis and Eugene talk about whether New York (or any city) can die. They also talk about why successful people rarely acknowledge the role of luck in their lives.
00:02:14 Is New York dead?
00:31:33 Luck and success
September 7, 2020
Making It Up 135: Fashion graduates and creative peers
On Making It Up 135, Charis and Eugene talk about the challenges facing fashion design graduates due to the pandemic. They also discuss how creative peers can accelerate personal growth.
00:01:44 Fashion grads
00:23:57 Creative peers
September 2, 2020
Making It Up 134: Remote onboarding and the Telfar bag
On Making It Up 134, Charis and Eugene talk about what it’s like to start a job remotely and get onboarded during the pandemic. They also discuss Telfar, a brand founded by Telfar Clemens, and the popularity of their “Bushwick Birkin”.
00:04:09 Remote onboarding
August 25, 2020
Making It Up 133: What MasterClass actually sells and how Shopify arms the rebels
On Making It Up 133, Charis and Eugene talk about the appeal and value of MasterClass as it relates to education, capitalism, and constantly trying to self-improve. They also discuss how Shopify democratized e-commerce to such a degree that the real winners aren’t brands at all.
August 18, 2020
Making It Up 132: Other people’s problems and tips for community funding with Behzod Sirjani
On Making It Up 132, Charis and Eugene chat with special guest Behzod Sirjani. They start off with some banter about Behzod’s work leading an independent research practice, plus a bit about Chloe Ting, then move on to the big topics of the episode: the reductive seduction of other people’s problems and some tips for independent creators looking to raise funds or establish a community of support.
00:15:04 Other people’s problems
00:42:32 Community funding
August 10, 2020
Making It Up 131: Racial bias in photography tech and good media happenings
On Making It Up 131, Eugene and Charis discuss racial bias in photography technology and terminology. They also talk about some good things happening in new age media: the formation of Defector, a new sports blog and media company started by the people who left Deadspin in 2019.
0:01:46 Photography bias
0:31:03 New media company Defector