The Tools We Carry

What tools do you carry?

What tools do you carry?

The tools a person carries for problem-solving says a lot about the kinds of problems they’re equipped to solve. When a person carries a computer, their solutions have a tendency to look rather digital.  It’s hard to imagine solutions for the real world, when those solutions are generated inside of an imaginary world carried around on a hard drive and animated with a video card.  Sure, it can look impressive — but when every designer on a team starts with a digital foundation, none of the solutions are going to look human.

Technological solutions scale — that is, they get bigger and more elaborate the more technology is added to the mix.  But scaling rarely cares — technological solutions don’t really care about the humans they serve. So, usually humans wind up serving the technology rather than the other way around.

That’s why we travel with a fully-analog tool kit — ruler, compass, folding tools, knives, pencils, and pens.  Sure, we’ll use digital tools when they’re appropriate. But we start with human-centered tools, and with a human-centered approach to finding solutions to your problem.

Strategic Planning for Maker Spaces

Are you a library or a school, planning to open a MakerSpace to the public?  Are you a team of designers, considering building a semi-private workshop to paying members?  Are you hoping to start a business serving budding Makers?

We can help.

Our consulting team has a combined 40+ years in school teaching, carpentry, workshop behaviors, and design skills.  We’ve designed and built workshop spaces for three people, and workshop spaces for twelve.  We’ve taught classes in treehouse building, bookbinding, weaving, electronics, and 3D printing, so we can help you.

contact us today.