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Why I Design

In my last post, I talked about languishing in the “hurry up and wait” mode. Two areas of our business are causing some waste of our 12 week cushion of being ahead of schedule. Our law clinic continues research into the application of our trademark and logo, with no indication of when that will be finalized for admission to the patent office. Secondly, our bank’s egregious omission in applying for our business credit card left us without means to make our purchases of software and equipment, setting us back at least four weeks. That should be resolved the week of this posting, let us hope there will be no more setbacks.

As far as my entry into the design culture, it all began when I made my only career decision after high school. I love the outdoors, and growing up in the southern U.S. allowed for the enjoyment of that for nine months of the year. So the decision was, do I want to work indoors or outdoors? I thought I might have a better opportunity relying on my brains than brawn, so I decided to parlay two years of design and drafting into my future earnings. Some years later I entered the art and music community of my city and eventually opened an art gallery, where I was fortunate to curate others’ works and involve myself with a spectrum of artists, styles and design methods. This was the beginnings of my entry into both geometric and organic design, and continued in the community for about ten years.

I was also fortunate to have work-based training, in the origins of computer-aided design, in the late 1970’s. At that time, one typed keyboard data onto keypunch cards, which were then transferred to tape, then to computer, and finally to a beam and tracking arm drawing table. I went through the progression of ever improving computers and software, until we finally get to the current state of the art. The current downward trend in the local machine design industry forced me into early “retirement”, so this where my years of experience in CAD and art come together. I have decided to merge areas of my greatest interest and skills to my advantage. I hope others see some interest in my projects for their own use.

Quote of the week:

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– Wm. Shakespeare

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