“We all need to step away from the computer from time to time and get our hands dirty. We need that space to build things, hammer things, and create things—things of glory and things that are an utter (let’s face it) disaster. We can laugh for that extra five minutes when we scrub ink and paint out of our hair, all remnants of the best and most creatively rewarding afternoon we’ve had in weeks.”

Designer Andy Luce on getting away from the computer to make something. Even if it’s bad.

Previously: George W. Bush, Art, and Creativity


  • http://twitter.com/Grinblo Evgenia Grinblo

    I wonder if this only applies to those of us who work in front of the computer. Is it really about making physical things or is it about making things in a way that isn’t our main work? Wondering what carpenters do to get away from it all…

    • ecarlson

      I think it’s something fundamentally satisfying to human beings. Regardless of whether or not you’re in front of a computer all day, it still feels great to make something tangible with your own two hands. The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction is just more profound when it’s contrasted by a primarily digital environment.

    • ecarlson

      And as far as the carpenters are concerned. I’m pretty sure a cold beer is all they really need (speaking from my own limited experience here).

    • http://www.facebook.com/velvetlicious Tannia Obregón

      I think its refers to doing something that isn’t your job. If you’re a carpenter, you can always learn to cook a new meal. If you’re a chef you can try and draw something.

    • Wil Bryan

      Carpenters dont need to get away from it all. When the business gets too muddled they go back to the shop and build. There is nothing better at the end of the day than pointing at something and saying “I built that”… unless you can still point to it in 50 years and still say “I built that”. 🙂

  • Jay Tillery

    I tried my hand at screenprinting and designing apparel. Still going strong and it brings creativity back to your main occupation. I really would like to learn how to build coffee tables.

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