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Gift Biz Unwrapped - Sue Monhait EPISODE 335, 13th September 2021
335 – Meet NBC’s “Making It” Master Maker Adam Kingman
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335 – Meet NBC’s “Making It” Master Maker Adam Kingman

Master Make Adam KingmanI'm so excited to share this week's episode. My guest is Adam Kingman, the most recently titled Master Maker. It's fun to hear all about behind the scenes of the show, of course. But the goal of this interview is to help YOU be a winner, too. By taking away ideas and inspiration you can apply to your business. So, let's meet Adam, the winner from Season 3’s “Making It” show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Adam is an industrial designer and creative director from Lake Tahoe. Growing up, the mountains were his playground, influencing his stewardship of the planet and resourcefulness of craft. With recycled and retired materials, Adam is a modern-day MacGyver, using design thinking to create simple, intuitive solutions. Outside of work, Adam loves to write stories, direct short films, and explore the Sierras. Adam believes we’re all just kids at heart and imagination is our finest resource. His dream is to be a Disney Imagineer and someday a design professor.  


  • Enjoy the process. Do things because you love it, regardless of the outcome.
  • Good design does not only satisfy function, it also makes you feel things. There has to be an element of surprise. There also has to be something emotive and there has to be a story.
  • Believe in yourself. There's no reason success can't come to anyone - including you. Believe in yourself enough to take the action and see what could happen.
  • Do not get in the way of your own opportunity. Ideas in your head are invitations, they're opportunities to create.
  • Share ideas you have because somebody might resonate with it

Creative Insights From The Master Maker

  • Everybody thinks so uniquely. Don’t dismiss your first idea. It's often just waiting to come out.
  • Write down everything you know to discover what you don't.
  • Start with what you know.  You don't need to know every single detail to take that first step.
  • Trust your gut. If you have an idea you love, go for it!
  • We know what we love and that exists in our memories. So how can you pull from your memories to create something special?
  • Follow your vision even if you don't know how the end result will look.
  • Develop your "Brain Rolodex." All the things you are inspired by and the ideas you have are all in your Brain Rolodex. Get used to looking back to see if something you thought of will work with your current project.
  • Start with the emotion and then work backward.
  • Simple can be more than enough.
  • Being you is enough.

Resources Mentioned

Adam's Contact Links

Website | Instagram | YouTube

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