Searching for Excellence

/ Vol. 24 2017: Defining excellence in any area is undoubtedly challenging, but trying to pin down what makes a business or product excellent is near-impossible. Taking inspiration from Peters’ and Waterman’s iconic 1982 book In Search of Excellence, this issue of MISC examines the things that drive us to achieve excellence – and whether or not it’s even something we should be striving for. We spoke with leaders from Kickstarter, Dyson, Patagonia, and other preeminent organizations to learn how they currently define the term and what they imagine for the future. We hope this issue encourages you and serves as a call to action for your company to rethink what excellence really means.

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Finding a New Purpose for Old Technology: A Conversation with Nick Gentry

Many of your materials are sourced by external contributors, including film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-rays, and floppy discs. Why did you choose to work with these items and how is this collaborative effort significant to your artwork? Art is becoming much more inclusive and collaborative. The renaissance days of having this separate, isolated object are…

A’Driane Nieves on the Future of Art

A’Driane Nieves is a USAF veteran, writer, artist, speaker, and postpartum depression and anxiety survivor living with bipolar disorder. A'Driane's writing – which focuses on the intersections of life, motherhood, art, music, faith, race, and mental health – has be en featured on BlogHer, UpWorthy, EverdayFeminism, Postpartum Progress, and the 2015 Austin Listen To Your Mother…

Gray Malin: Artist from Above

How would you describe your style, both personally and professionally? 
My personal style is classic, but always with a pop of color. This carries over into my work aesthetic, as well as interior decorating style. Describe what you consider the
 lifecycle of one of your pieces – from ideation, to purchase, and beyond.
 Some concepts…