In Medias Res

Welcome to what I’ve decided is a maker blog about, well, something on which I haven’t quite decided. That’s because I haven’t quite decided what it is that I’m doing. What I do know is that I make things. I’ve been making things for the majority of the 30+ years I’ve been alive, and I’ve learned a lot. I have the maker community to thank for that, because a core tenant of making is to share what you know. Years ago, I remember some of the most useful lessons being little tips and tricks from my dad, teachers, or other students who just wanted to share small bits of wisdom they’ve accumulated from experience. Now, the Internet has enabled sharing that wealth of collective knowledge in ways we never imagined possible, leading to an explosion of new and exciting things. I hope to use this blog as a way to contribute to that knowledge in some small way of my own.

That’s where I come into this in medias res, not as someone starting out on a journey, but attempting to pick up after having come this far to help others avoid some of the pitfalls and traps I wish I has known about. At the risk of this being just one more design blog to add to the pile, I hope to use my own experience to make the world a little better. I’ve worked on projects small and large, designed things that were entirely abstract, and seen products through from concept to cutting metal with my own hands. I also know, at least in some cases, where more information could have been shared to help everyone along. We have a habit of assuming what others may already know, and I can tell you that it’s a dangerous assumption. Many nights have been spent banging my head against my desk because someone shared a really exciting new thing they made, but they completely omitted the critical detail just out of view that makes the whole thing work. Take that as one example where if I commit that mistake here, feel free to call me out on it.

Creating this blog, journal, or design notebook — feel free to call it what you see fit — is just the first step. It will be a slow road to transfer thirty-odd years of knowledge to a more permanent medium, but it must start somewhere, even if a little bumpy at first. Illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann turned me on to a quote by a great artist:

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Chuck Close

Here’s to hoping some great ideas come of this endeavor.

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