Fast Company October 2008 Contributors

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Jake Chessum


When photographer Jake Chessum spotted Marcel Wanders’s logo — his face sporting a fake nose and the words “handle with love” — on a roll of packing tape, he thought, Why not wrap Wanders up in it? “I mustered the courage to propose it to him,” Chessum says. “He really got into it, jumping and laughing. The only bad bit was when he cut the tape off himself and made a hole in the pants of his handmade suit.” Rubbish, Chessum’s new book, is due out this month.

Jonathan Kantor

Photographer Jonathan Kantor crisscrossed the country for “Truly Intelligent Design.” “The most memorable moment was getting pricked by cacti while shooting in the Arizona desert,” Kantor says. “But my favorite moment was visiting the Rhode Island School of Design and shooting a woodpecker in this amazing room of stuffed animals, skulls, and cabinets of curiosities.” He lives with his wife and their new baby in New York.

Linda Tischler

This issue took senior writer Linda Tischler from Palo Alto, California, to Milan, Italy. “Along the way, I stopped at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, where John Maeda was holding a salon, like Johnson used to do,” Tischler says. “It was a glorious occasion, though the day was cold and wet. I’m sure Johnson would have been appalled to see me warming my frozen toes with his lights. But he was kind of a hip guy, so maybe not.”

Gregory Berns


“Maybe I wanted to understand something about my brain,” Gregory Berns says of his interest in how innovative people see the world. “It took me a while to realize that most people don’t think the way I do.” This month’s “Rewiring the Creative Mind” is adapted from his book Iconoclast. A founding member of the Society for Neuro-economics, Berns teaches at Emory University and plays in the blues-roots group the Generator Band.

Julie Teninbaum

Designer Julie Teninbaum is a freelancer, but she knew just what would capture office culture for this month’s Numerology: Post-its. “My own desk is a pastiche of quick notes and to-do lists,” she says. “If I don’t write it down, it pretty much doesn’t get done.” She spends 4% of her day wondering about lunch, 5% on Facebook Scrabble, 17% organizing things into piles, 33% thinking really hard, and 41% enjoying “other.”