why I make

As I was driving home yesterday, the kids fell asleep and I listened to a fair amount of music and a few podcasts. Diane's latest podcast (awesome as always), titled "Why do you make stuff?", left me thinking about how I'd answer the question. I decided that writing a list about it was in order.

I make stuff because:
  • I have to. The digital world is awesome but I need more. I need the tangible.
  • It keeps my creativity, mind and deameanor balanced.
  • It gets ideas out of my head. I think I'd explode otherwise.
  • I like to see if my ideas will really work.
  • I love the process (almost more than the results).
  • Problem solving is awesome and/or frustrating but still very interesting.
  • It gets me away from the computer.
  • Surprises are always around the corner. I start with one thing and I may end up with something else.
  • I like the mental challenge of coming up with ways that test the limitations of a medium or material.
  • When I do it with family or friends, I always have a memorable time.
  • Regardless of what I make (good or bad), I always learn something new.
  • I relish improving store bought items.
  • It gives me an excuse for a quick break from 'regular' work.
  • I like sharing what I've come up with.
  • I can't help it. It's in my genes. I blame my Dad.
So, why do you make stuff?

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. That is a good question. I too blame my Dad (advertising)....and now my industry (advertising). I just find that I have a lot of ideas and I love the challenge. plus I enjoy being creative and seeing what I can make/design.

    Not nearly as talented as you are! Love your work :)

  2. what a wonderful list in response to a thought provoking question...
    why do I make? I may just have to come up with my own list! Thank you for the inspiration - your work is wonderful!

  3. Thanks so much for providing me some brain fodder this morning and for the link to Diane's blog! ~chris

  4. I love this list! So glad you enjoyed the show.

  5. I make stuff because
    I have to get it out of my head
    I can't sleep if i don't
    I love to learn new things
    I love to look at pretty things
    because life is about doing
    that is some of the reasons I make things

  6. Lately I like the way that making stuff makes me slow down my pace. It helps me unwind.