I cut my teeth on a lot of the fundamentals of code when I could see a physical reaction through the Arduino. In addition to learning the ropes, I think that the ideology that you find in the maker community is extremely important for the web development world. If you want something, you can just make it – don’t wait around for it.
Knowledge is interconnected, I think it sometimes the mind works like a blender, mixing distant things together, and as the variety of things you have access or knowledge off, the more original or great ideas appear.
Well, pretty much everything I do professionally I did as a hobby before. I’m self taught, no formal education. When I want to do something new I learn and play on my own then transfer those skills into my professional life.
I drove my job from 3d modeler to “chief tinkerer officer”. I now spend my days exploring and sharing new potential paths for a technology company in order to bend our roadmap direction into a not so obvious path. I make as much cross linkage as possible between my day job and makerspace.
I started tinkering when I was 10, starting with Lego and soon graduating to building with whatever materials I could find. The knack for taking things apart and putting them to other uses is an enjoyable pursuit for me and the resulting attitude of curiosity and experimentation is something that has served me well in my professional work.
I think any type of tangible creativity (making) helps with professional work. There is also a control aspect, in that I get to decide what I want to make and when, etc. Within professional confines you can be placed on a team where you don’t even get to see the finished project because it’s not your team’s job or because of bureaucracy, which detaches the producer from the final product and discourages good work.
I didn’t consider myself really creative, or terribly handy with things that didn’t rely on electricity to run, but when I found my inner maker, it helped me to think outside of the box for complex financial transactions (my day job).
I have been self-employed for 23 years. I constantly have to reinvent myself. Seven years ago I decided to take on teaching students robotics as after school and camp programs. Since then, I have created a hackerspace and have annually recreated the curriculum for my students to keep the classes fresh and relevant. My current desire is to push the maker movement as deeply as possible into the curriculum to encourage students to think past perceived limits in their environments.
Weekend projects and ideas often represent the foundation of work related projects and pitches. Even though it’s often hard to sell innovative creative and technical solution to clients in the advertising world I keep trying. The majority of the times I fail but about once a year I come across someone willing to risk and pay for it.
The best engineers have a creative side that allows them to see solutions that aren’t obvious. I have observed this both in myself and other engineers.