Inside of me there is a maker.
At least I believe there is. The last decade of my career has been definitively non-maker like, and most of the time outside of work has been spent building organizations, not things that I can touch and feel and play with. I recently underwent a career shift in large part as I wanted to get back in touch with the tangible, and as part of that greater objective I want to (re)discover my maker self.
I am not starting with a particular project that I want to create, but rather the desire to learn the tools so that I can create when that time comes. It is a like learning to write: I didn’t ask what I wanted to write (turned out to be a lot of memos) but it was quite the handy skill. I always have ideas – websites, consumer electronics, businesses – and not being able to act on them has always made me frustrated.
There are several skills and technologies that I will be attempting to learn:
The physical side…
- 3D printing
- Laser cutting
- Electric circuits
… and the non-physical side ….
- Web programming (too many website ideas!)
- Apps (Android, iOS…)
- Controlling things using electronics (e.g. Raspberry Pi)
… and how to put both together!