Do You See The Process?

There’s a show called “How It’s Made” and it’s pretty cool to watch.

I’m all about visualizing a process. When I was in middle school, I took a shop class for four years (no idea how I was put in the class, but it was the best thing that happened to me way back when) making CO2 cars, an Adirondack chair, a wooden wall clock, two metal tool boxes (my stepdad still uses both to this day), and other cool stuff. I loved it. I loved the process of making something.

What that did was it shaped me to understand how things come together, but I wouldn’t realize it until years later. The time it takes to make something great. I spent nearly 10,000 hours learning about blue prints and I used routers, band saws, sanding belts and others tools to make really cool projects and I made fun stuff.

So my question is as simple as this: Do you see the process of something? How much does it intrigue you? Here are things you might visualize as you’re going about your day:

Video: When you watch them, you see setup of cameras, a crew, a production list, a storyboard, etc.

Newspapers: When you feel the paper and see the letters, you see large machines, ink, typography, typing fingers, a journalist, the clicking of pens, pads of paper, voice recording machines, etc.

Music: You see the computer, amps, guitars, the microphone, the soundboard, the program potentially used to mix to produce the final cut, etc.

Clothes: You see machines, buttons, needles, thread, the cutting of material, you hear sewing machines, etc.

Web sites: You see wireframes, prototypes, an FTP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, php, etc.

Movies: You think about the angles, lighting, the crew list, product set times, where there could have been better edits made and you hope that there’s a selection of scenes available for view to see what didn’t make the cut.

You could do this for any job in any field.

You see certain things others can’t see when do you dedicate your 10,000 hours to a craft. That thing you want to do that you think you could be good at? If you succeed in learning the basic fundamentals, it’s go time.

This is also why I refer to myself as a Concept Creator. Yes, there’s a job description, but we should always want to push the envelope just a little bit more. Never put yourself in a box.

Stand, but don’t stay in the middle, 
Rachel