Making A Living Doing Design

I recently received an email from a fellow design engineer who is trying his hand at making a living doing what he loves.  I thought this knowledge might be useful for others so I am putting it here: There are three major types of contracts: Fixed Price:  You negotiate the total bill up front, if…

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The Like Button and Democracy

Unless you live under a rock, you are probably well aware of the Facebook “Like” button that allows you to go around the Internet and showing your approval of a people/place/thing by “Liking” them with a press of the aforementioned “Like” button.  There is a noticeable absence of a “Dislike” button.  After all when a…

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To Boldly Go…

“Fear is the path to dark side, feat leads anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda The pint sized Jedi Master seems to have nailed the core of the issue that is facing the United States and the world at large in this period of global economic malaise.  Fear has crippled…

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Fail

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” ~  Author Unknown Recently read an article from Joe Kraus of Google Ventures.  It’s premise was to reject the commonly held notion that people learn best from their mistakes.   His position is that we tell ourselves that to simply…

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Personal Manufacturing, Communityism, Open Source

“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear…” Mass production of goods is horribly inefficient, and hopefully soon it will be antiquated.  Instead of goods being sold, ideas and designs will be sold in a digital marketplace.  People will be able to purchase design files on the web, download them, and then print…

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Rainbow Risk Management

Every project manager knows the moans and groans for the evil not always objective “traffic light” chart used to denote risks to a project.  In sufficiently complex projects, risk is based on a risk matrix (typically a 5×5 matrix) with consequence of a risk occurring on one axis and likelihood of the risk being realized…

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Function, Not Form

When I study a problem the thing that is foremost on my mind is do I understand the problem at its most basic functional level?  To get past the current form of a thing so as not be prejudiced by how things are done today in their current form.  To understand the function of thing…

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The Future of Programming

Two trends are occurring as we speak.  First, the smartphone has become the new PC.  Secondly, programming computers is becoming child’s play literally.  Case in point look at the two image belows, similar, yes? On the top you have Scratch, a program from MIT used to get kid’s excited about programming through Lego block-esque “click…

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