I think these days, with so much of my job going into computers and not much physical to show for pretty much anything I do (a few pieces of cardboard, or the rules of a game on a shelf), I am under where I’d like to be in terms of creating useful things in the physical world. I’m been inspired by what my friends have made in the past – everything from fancy clothing to huge mechanical elephants – and I don’t think I do enough to hone the Macguyverish urge to put together something useful on my own, something that lasts and stands on its own, apart from other people’s systems.
I’m leaning more toward something of grand scope, like an arcade console (which I’ve made abortive efforts to do on my own in the past) or a fixture/piece of furniture. A few random ideas I had:
- Two-tier couch or seating area
- Transportable hammock chair
- Gaming table
- Clock or wall-mounted “organizer” with digital components
Regardless of what idea I end up trying to execute on, I do think I should spend more time working with materials to make something that lasts.
17. I resolve to spend a month planning and then building something out of physical materials, like a piece of furniture.