FRESH THOTS: Zero to Maker

Surely, by now, you’ve seen some sort of Kickstarter project that has piqued your interest.  Some book, piece of technology, art project, or movie that you’ve seen and said to yourself, “I want that.” I mean, this column is all about interesting Kickstarter projects. We are living in an age of creativity, reinforced by new tools, like 3D printers and laser cutters, that make rapid prototyping extremely accessible to your everyday-average-Joe.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably also looked at a project on Kickstarter and thought, “wow, I wish that I could do something like that,” but you’ve told yourself that you can’t because you don’t have the necessary skill set to accomplish such things. Zero to Maker, the subject of this week’s FRESH THOTS, argues the opposite.

Zero to Maker is a book by David Lang, which aims to deliver a step-by-step guide to transform you from admirer to inventor. Lang’s philosophy is an uplifting one: anyone can develop the necessary skills to become a maker. His logic is backed up by his own personal experience. In the summer of 2011, David lost his job and found himself in the midst of an existential. Instead of immediately beginning the hunt for a new position that required the same skills he had developed from his old line of work, David decided to take 2-moths off to learn what it takes to be able to build your ideas. In just two months, he had developed the necessary knowledge to build underwater robots, using some of the modern tools at his disposal.

Zero to Maker perpetuates the idea that absolutely anyone, with the proper motivation, can have the same experience that David did. Zero to Maker won’t just be a book, though. It’s the documentation of behind an entire movement of garage builders and hackers.

You can learn more about the project in the video below, and get your own copy here.

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