Work is fun and exhausting. I was mainly involved in thinking and this week, without a tender transition, I jumped directly into hardcore prototyping. No caffeine in the morning almost killed me on Friday, to remain my superpower of soldering I had to survive without a latte.
It was great to upgrade my library of electronics again, especially when simple stuff as blinking some LEDs could bring up a smile on one's face. I really enjoy being the "magician" of the studio and I'm not afraid to share my tricks. Actually I think it would be beneficial if everyone can have a basic understanding of what we can achieve by manipulating these Christmas cards' tricks. Then we can pick them up and make use of them whenever appropriate. And it would definitely merge well with Smart's tradition in the physical world.
I'm always astonished by the volume of experiences my team has. Everyone has his own superpower and bringing up them together is how the miracle happens. We made great effort even on something as tiny as a diffusion effect, how to wrap up wires in a nice and clean way, how to think before what could happen next and be prepare for the problems. Planning ahead of time is extremely important if you are delivering something physical.
I don't have enough RAM for all these things and I'm using post-its to capture them all.
And what we did at school is, truly, RAPID prototyping. Your client will pay for more time to make sure the result is complete.
However sometimes I still feel stuck if I need to tell the whole story. It's impossible to catch up all the thinkings before in others' mind and I'm not confident enough to validate my ideas since I just jumped in. At least I'm a good listener in this situation.
And I eventually figured out what my next step gonna be. I'm super delight that I started here, but I won't stick to the idea of either a lab or research. I still have so much to learn and experience and I wish I had more time for internships.
I still remember once I was asked whether I was a hardcore interface designer or a hardcore whatever in an interview. My answer back then was, I really didn't have an answer because I cared for the right solution rather than the only. This might create a management hazel coz basically we're like a labour-pool and the manager could have a hard time decide on what should i do. And that's exactly the reason why I love to work in consultancies. I love the flexibilities, great & open minds and diverse projects we are working on here.
But now I'm having a much clearer picture in my head. I would like to look for a hardcore digital place for the coming internship. I'm not saying that I had enough with the physical world but on contrary, I still love to create something tangible, something that human feel naturally related to. However, if the question being, how to merge these two worlds, and I'm now in the physical world, where's the other missing part?
In a sense I don't want to play safe and choose to go along the same old road. I will always have thousands of stuff to learn in physical prototyping for sure, but as long as I know how to learn, I have to use my precious resource - time, wisely. I'm pretty determined and I'm ready to reveal all the superpowers I already have but remain hidden so far.