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Not quite what I was expecting but I guess the reviews did warn me sufficiently about that. This book is about the principles of being a maker rather than a guide to making. The tagline should have been "learn how to learn (just enough) to make (just about anything). Still, it was an interesting read and as a maker, I recognized many of the same growing pains and feel better that it wasn't just me.
A real inspiration, this has really changed my way of thinking when approaching design projects, i work as a designer, but i'm often a little hesitant when moving into new areas. Lang's great skill is his enthusiasm and mentality when approaching new projects, i've taken a lot from this and i'm not a zero.
Excellent! If you enjoy making things or simply reading about technology and what people are doing today to learn new skills and share what they have learned then you will love this book. The mentality is definitely Anglo-Saxon and, unfortunately, not very Italian, where craftsmen and artisans jealously guard their trade secrets and knowledge. BUT, fortunately there are many very intelligent young Italians today who have more of an Anglo-Saxon (or perhaps 'social-media') attitude towards sharing what they know, and who admit what they do not know, who would fit in perfectly with the Maker movement. Anyway, read this book and start a Maker movement here in Italy. Avanti Makers!
Ho cominciato a lavorare autonomamente a progetti personali, poi un giorno ho scoperto di essere un maker. Questo libro mi ha letteralmente aiutato a capire che cosa sono i maker e perché io sono uno di loro. Il testo è molto legato alla realtà americana, ma fornisce davvero una quantità di informazioni impressionante per intraprendere seriamente il proprio viaggio personale in questo nuovo mondo. Ne consiglio la lettura come primo testo da leggere per entrare nel movimento dei makers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Maker movement and trying to understand what it is all about and also for anyone who is thinking about starting a business and making it an opensource product.
David covers so much of the maker and articulates it so well. (I found this to be a much better read than the Maker Manifesto.) He helps to explain the mindset which is probably the most important part of this movement.
I was also very interested in the opensource concept for a company and how they are developing it as I would like to do the same.