At Mamou-Mani and FabPub we believe in radical self-reliance: You are in charge, you are the system and the change that you want to see. We do not point fingers, we initiate and implement the positivity that we believe in. We do not copy, we do not follow, we innovate and lead the change. In doing so, we show resilience to the outside world, we push ourselves out of our comfort zone.
We believe in humility, that we know nothing. We will always remain students. Let other people say you are the best, that you are experienced, that you are great. Let others be the judge, talent always glows beyond words, but remember that you will be stronger if you accept your vulnerability if you admit you are fragile, imperfect and full of contradictions. We all are.
We believe in active listening and constant iterations. We do not hold on preciously onto our ideas, we evolve, adapt, share and most importantly we listen. We listen to the others, the clients, our colleagues, our materials, our software, our machines and the regulations.
We do not impose a reality, We let go. We let designs develop themselves from the bottom up. Our designs feel natural because they grow, because they shape themselves on the many parameters that define them. They are exciting because they let the unpredictable happen! We believe in the Wabi Sabi, in the imperfect, in letting go, in expressing what materials have to say. Let the world shape you as much as you shape it. Let your convictions be challenged, you are as imperfect as the materials you use.
Iterate iterate iterate. Let your ideas die, let failures be blessings, let beauty guide you. Do not stay stuck, move on, be quick and most importantly share often! We also want to enjoy and inform our process collectively, sharing joy in every step with the people that care, infusing our projects with the happiness and soul it deserves, our hearts will always guide the algorithms!
No job is more menial than another. We believe in dish washing, in throwing the trash, and we believe in using a drill, in actively helping others. We are not victims but heroes, heroes defying the impossible, expanding reality with possibilities. We all need your help. Stand up, speak out, offer help, ask what to do and where things should go. Be part of it and do not hesitate to improve it!
We are endlessly curious, without boundaries, everything is design, everything is creativity and everyone is creative. There is no value hierarchy between the importance of the concept and its delivery, they are both equally important and valued by all of us. Design is too big of a word, be precise, from a sketch to a spreadsheet, from the colours to the code, which part of design do you refer to?
We believe in logistics, in being on site, in doing things ourselves, in managing our time, in being respected professionals. Plan ahead, leave no stone unturned, never assume things will solve themselves miraculously, ask hard questions, be meticulous, be analytical, be critical, check the spelling, re-read what you wrote. Show that you care about little but important things. Details matter. Have you read this line? Please let us know with the caption “I did”. Study, learn scientific facts and metrics to measure your statements, don’t make statements you have not properly researched. Stay open to being wrong. be endlessly curious but stay precise and factual.
Respect the convictions of others, everyone is going through a personal struggle. Help them. Be a tutor not a judge, be an example, be a selfless and humble leader dedicated to empowering others. We believe respect is reciprocal. Put yourself in the others shoes as you say or do something, how would you feel if you were in their position? Always think through someone else’s perspective, especially considering how diverse and different everyone is in our environment. Show that you care, that this means a lot to you, that we are true to our values.