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Maker Pro: Essays on Making a Living as a Maker by John Baichtal

By John Baichtal

Maker Pro is a e-book of essays by means of greater than a dozen favourite and up-and-coming specialist makers (Maker Pros). every one essay comprises recommendation and tales on issues equivalent to beginning a kit-making company, taking a venture open-source, and many encouragement to "quit your day job." This ebook is a reference for somebody who goals of turning a pastime right into a small company, and lines tales from famous specialist makers; it is going to flip aspiration into inspiration.

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Artists and creators came out of their basements and onto the Web, showing more projects, more secrets, and ultimately organizing events such as the Bent Festival, an in-person gathering where lifelong friends were made. 20 | MAKER PRO GetLoFi’s mission was to demystify the world of circuit bending and create a curated community resource. My failures and successes were often blogged to the world, and many people connected through the website, which is still active but less instantaneous: updates are now made on a Facebook news feed.

What makes one a professional? I get this question often. ” There are several factors I observe and practice in pursuit of professionalism. Early on, I would take any job to develop my experience. I learned back then that people with a prior experience in any given job were likely to get hired. I worked at a sign shop in high school, starting as a helper. At home I would cut letters on my band saw. One day I proved I was good enough to cut letters on the sign shop’s band saw. Eventually I would sit most of the day, cutting all the letters for all the signs.

A great way to get attention is to push people’s buttons. Try to hit a nerve. And take great photos of your product that people want to publish! Figure 5-3. Michael Krumpus’ Defusable Clock is no more dangerous than any other clock. Photo credit: Michael Krumpus. THE POWER OF CONSTRAINTS | 41 Not all attention is welcome. One day I noticed (using Google Analytics) a spike in web traffic on my site from one particular location: the Department of Homeland Security. C. area were looking at the Defusable Clock.

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