while there are some good ideas that come out while on the commode, it is simply that dedicated time each day, which for me, based on reading research papers and actual experiential working – is the early morning hours. I lament that coffee shops are not what they used to be anymore and you could people watch and trigger ideas. now I brew my own coffee and after what seems several diverse work paths – they are all coming together with the focus of controlled environments. I will just leave it at that.
this morning I get to cut out a few tiny pieces of tile on the new showers because “Einstein” here was so excited at how tight he got forming around the showers and forgot the temperature valves have two giant screws that hold the trim to the wall. not a big problem, but another “duh” waste of time. all I can say is this morning I woke up, and looked at it with rested eyes and smiled. this will be a nice space and elderly friendly.
what I realized is I like to work on projects non-stop. the traditional world likes to break a section of work into organized 8 hour days. truth is, I don’t think I ever had a job like that in my life. they were all performance based, or with live entertainment and the lab – you sort of lived it 24/7. it is a great argument for balance in life and learning to become a whole person, not a specialist
I digress. in my perfect lab…the day really would think, do, exercise, refine all day long. the reason is that I get really tired of designers that can’t build. or builders that come up on something and go, “wow, this is going to look terrible” and there is a mentality in the world where people are afraid to not ask a question if they see something that doesn’t quite seem right, or one can improve. this is that area I love and if you have a team of folks that know how to do many things – you can change and modify to the better or best solution without having to spend a fortune on change orders, new designs, a bunch of meetings and such…it is why I think we see so many mediocre products out there today. either the design was destroyed by sending it out to a committee, or in the design simply didn’t have the time to mature to what it could have been.
this is why I have no problem spending lots of time on the front end with ideas and designs – a sort of “play n brainstorm” to solutions. with modern technology you can model and prototype a lot of things – even life-size mock-up for far less than the cost of one building mistake. perhaps that is where clients get confused when I ask for a budget to solve their problem. as an entrepreneur, I do understand making profit is difficult, I have been rich and poor, so I have learned to respect a dollar/yen/euro/franc and I know how much it costs to bill something out (a lot) versus doing it with teams that know how to design AND build. materials cost little, but what people don’t seem to realize is we value time. that is the one element you can’t waste on me.
I also realize I do like going on working benders. it is like this bathroom. I feel it should be done already, but I can’t help if the parts weren’t here – so I have been doing a workaround all the time versus the smartest and best way to build it. both ways will give the best result, but one way is easier than the other. you can’t really look at your folks and complain. (too much)
so there is the blending of the thinking with the hand work – it is something I see attempted and hyped with all the maker spaces and ideas out there. is see universities wasting loads of money on equipment and spaces that are a far cry from the reality of the real world, and I see more and more people not wanting to do manual work, much less know how to change a drill bit. it astounds me, yet, in my mind, I am seeing how the future will work with robots and we are even designing our spaces to be manual (3rd world) to fully automated (1st world) and solve the same issue/problem. to me, this is exciting work and ideas.
how will this all play out? I don’t really know. but I have done the bigger company route and you can easily lose your heart and soul. so we are staying smaller and licensing the brands out now…as much as I like the sheer scale and size of global business – I think I am more the small team of highly skilled folks that simply solve problems. I get a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction out of this part - from idea to WYSIWYGs and then hand it off- yet keep refining and improving upon the ideas.
I just sent a thank you to a young graphics professional that wrote an article about their issues with immigration and coming into the USA, and explained how I understood the unexpected rules, regulations, and costs. I mentioned in was designing the mobile live/work/lab/shop that I could ship anywhere on the planet, like a giant road case and simply create, “there!”
“where is there?”
“somewhere on this amazing planet.”
watch, I will build it all and never move again.