Write here, right now

Posted on March 30, 2013

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I am a ditherer.

That might seem surprising for someone who appears to get a lot done, but I endlessly analyse decisions about the smallest details of a project. Sometimes the things I spend hours considering aren’t even visible in the finished piece. I make sketches, produce 3D CAD models, discuss things with friends, build prototypes, seek opinion on twitter and internet forums all as part of my decision making process. I love Walt Disney’s quote that “the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” it’s just that working in that way is not for me.

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This writing desk (although let’s be honest, no-one really writes things anymore, it’s for a laptop) has been in the planning for years at some level or other. The original inspiration was a table made by Chris Schwarz, although I’ve tinkered with lots of little details and construction methods (well I would, wouldn’t I?) Every aspect of this desk has been thought and re-thought.

When I have a project in the making I often have workshop time available in little chunks; an evening here, a weekend day there. This suits me fine as I can do all my dithering (or design development and planning if you prefer) in the gaps in between.

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I find the result of thinking through every element of a project is a higher level of quality in the finished piece. More than that though, it means that I’ve already pre-worried every detail so I can feel familiar and comfortable with something from day one (this has the effect of making me feel slightly broken when I make something for someone else and it leaves here as soon as its finished) Let’s finish with a quote from me “attention to detail is the way to head towards perfection”

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