Mateusz ‘Marpi’ Marcinowski: Don't Hesitate. Make it.
We met up with the Director of Web and Interaction Design at Obscura Digital, Mateusz ‘Marpi’ Marcinowski, during CAMP Festival 2017 and heard how he manages to produce so many cool things and how you can too. Read on.
“We’re all worried about our insecurities.” —Marpi Marcinowski
Marpi never really saw the difference between work, play and life so he gamified his life. He makes interactive artwork from his home base in San Francisco—a city of misfits and wonderful weirdos, he says. It’s a diverse melting pot where he fits in just fine.
Leverage local resources.
His roommates think he makes screensavers. And the fact that his roomies are less tech savvy is helpful because he is able to test his interactive art on them. Their instincts are very much like his end-users and will naturally find holes in the experience, helping him think about the piece in a new way. Having first round testers available all the time is a huge asset. This testing ground is essential when you approach ideas and art the way Marpi does.
Stop filtering your ideas.
He believes that execution is everything—you’ve got to give yourself permission to make things. And, importantly, to go ahead and act on all the stupid but cool ideas you come up with.
Keep going for it.
That philosophy is working for Marpi. These days, his art is on public display all around the world. He’s got showings often enough that he can’t hope to attend them all. He’s been making creative, interactive stuff for 14 years and has been a fulltime artist for less than two years. How did he get here?
You have to create it.
Marpi reinvented himself by doing events for free and now he gets paid—he likes creating parties for people to enjoy. It all started once he gave himself permission to put his stuff out there. Every stupid idea he has gets made.
The risk is worth it.
For Marpi, it’s key to make things he is interested in. He doesn’t want to be distracted by what other people are doing or asking for. Putting yourself out there is hard. Being self-conscious is natural. And it’s worth it. Marpi’s strategy to get past it is to set hard deadlines for completing projects and for making them public. Put it out there, he says, or the next minute you’ll overthink it and won’t do anything with it. Release the ideas into the world, get feedback and enjoy. And repeat.