Department of Everyday is a small design practice that works to create and promote meaningful daily experiences. Through handmade products, graphic design services and community engagement, we design good.
Our love of the natural environment and the urban landscape are inextricably linked to our design practice and our goods and services are intended to, and tend to, support them. We also love to partner and support organizations that work to support public lands and public space.
Michael Stout is the head of Department of Everyday. With over 15 years of experience in design, printing and community based public art, as well as 10 years as a business owner, he is adept at balancing the creative and practical realities of projects. It’s his passion to apply his experience towards a more meaningful and impactful practice.
After spending his adolescence as a suburban hooligan he studied graphic design at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Years of carrying around spray paint in train yards and alleys from Boston to Honolulu solidified his interest in the role of art and design in civic space. While pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati he learned to crunch numbers, make maps, and appreciate the city for its spontaneity.
Michael's focus on urban design and economic development led to work in the public art field as an arts administrator and project manager. His partnership in VisuaLingual, a small but mighty seed bomb company, helped grow his subversive acts from abandoned lots in the midwest to the shelves of national retailers such as Anthropolgie, Restoration Hardware and Williams Sonoma.
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