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Interview with spiltmilk – The Passion Project

The Passion Project is a self-motivated project by three curious design students looking to discover what it means to “pursue your passions.” We embarked on a 2-month road trip to produce a video series of interviews with 20 designers and other creatives across the country about what their passions look like today, how they got there, and where their passions will take them next. With the help of our Honda Accord, cameras, and coffee, we created this video series, our website spilt—, and weekly journals to document our journey and share these inspiring stories.

Much love, spiltmilk.

Q: TRUST in design is…

A: A belief in the process to create something beautiful, more useful, or more powerful.

Q: Where have you found TRUST in/ through design?

A: Buckle up, here comes the list:

+ Trust in each other, not just as designers, but as friends, a support system, and even the most simple necessities like trust in our driving abilities or setting the right mood as DJs as we spent every hour living and creating together out of a Honda Accord for 2 months on the road and now as we keep working and sharing this bad boy.

+ Trust in our ability to create something inspiring for others and deeply personal for us as students and young designers who hadn’t yet created anything “real.”

+ Trust that the car will get us there or that we’ll find another if one fails.*

+ Trust in the unknown, we really had no idea what would happen on the road, if we could actually pull this off, or how it would be received by our interviewees or viewers.

+ Trust in trust. ‘Nuff said.

+ Trust that mistakes aren’t the end of the world because we’ve made PLENTY, and it’s all part of the process.

+ Trust in the design community: with only cold emails to offer and a belief in our project, we are so thankful to have been accepted and welcomed by the designers and creatives we interviewed. We couldn’t have done this without their interest and investment in helping us grow and improve our project and expand our community.

*R.I.P Joey the Van and Maria the Mazda

Q: Where do you see a need for TRUST in/ by design?

A: We see a need for more community oriented events, like SDF, that encourage the intersection between design and the non-design world in order to foster meaningful connection to create more accessible and effective solutions. Our journey showed us that when there is more trust within communities, amazing work can happen.

Q: If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

A: Life is never a straight path.*

*The Beatles said it best: The Long and winding road…
Following your passions–may that be people, places, or projects, will get you where you need to be.

Q: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work? What do you want to contribute?

A: The purpose of The Passion Project was to create an archive for students and anyone feeling lost to find inspiration through and self-affirmation in the stories of others and to connect people and empower people to pursue their passions.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: TBD. You read our bumper sticker. Life’s not a straight path and that’s okay. We’re following our passions and trusting the process.


Learn more about spiltmilk:
Website – spilt—
Instagram – @hi.spiltmilk
Facebook – @hi.spiltmilk
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