Islyn Studio — is a workshop, an experiment, a group of wildly diverse and curious weirdos on a mission to bring people back to their senses. To create a better world through inspired, empathetic design. We are individuals who believe in the Golden Rule, who are courageous and know how to cultivate joy, for ourselves and other people. We love to travel. We like to get lost. We stand up for what’s right. We respect the land and the people who live on it. We listen. We dream.
Always, above all else.
Listen to records. Watch real films. Read books about things you don’t know. Listen when someone else is talking. Listen when someone isn’t talking. Look around you.
Take a field trip. Throw your phone out the window.
A studio is a place of study and experimentation. Of ego-less hard work and endless, joyful workshopping. Never rest on your laurels. Be a life-long learner. Go deep. Then, go deeper.
Wander a bit. Drift from your comfort zone. Suspend judgment of clients and of yourself. Remember, we are all beginners. Surprise yourself with what you don’t already know. Allow space for the ideas of others and always approach situations from the lens of positivity.
You’ll never hear us say, “But that’s the way we’ve always done it.” There is always a better way. Explore new angles of something you think you understand. Shift the paradigm of what’s expected.
It’s boring. Passion is way more interesting. Be passionate and curious about everything.
(Self-care is radical.) Of the Earth. Of those around you. Leave a legacy in all things. Remember: The way you do anything is the way you do everything.
And hard. Own up to it, and then move on. Failing is the only real effective method of learning and growing. Treat each failure as its own triumph.
But truly. People are messy, fiery and strange and come from different backgrounds than you do. It’s hard. But worth it.
The process, your gut, the team, the timing and your ability for range and flexibility.
Be calm and articulate about what’s working and what isn’t.
John Ruskin said, When we build, let us think that we build forever. The stuff we do is bigger than just us. Do what’s best for the community, for the Earth, for future generations. Aim to change things for the better, always.
Don’t put yourself, or anyone else, in a box. Avoid clichés like the plague.