This past Friday, 40 of the world’s top experts in digital and interactive art, data visualization, software art, 3D printing, augmented reality, and other digital art and design applications converged on the stage at The New School in NYC’s Greenwich Village for LISA 2013 (Leaders in Software and Art) to discuss their projects, where these digital mediums are moving, and how we can start to think differently about where we’re heading with software, art, and Making. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of ten of our favorite quotes that just might deserve a sticky-note presence on your monitor for the next few days.
LISA 2013: It’s All About ‘Doing Things’
To sum up the conference as a whole, Makerbot’s Bre Pettis put it nicely in the beginning of the DIY stART-ups panel: “One of the common threads in all of us is just getting things done.”
While the range of topics presented at the event were as wide as interactive advertising to new methods of mass manufacturing, the gist of every presentation as a whole came down to one common trait: great ideas emerge from just simply doing and there’s never been a better time for being a creative person. Here’s a roundup of ten of our favorite quotes from the DIY stART-ups panel featuring Bre Pettis, Gabriella Levine, and Kegan Schouwenburg.
1. “If you are somebody who does stuff relentlessly, you are in the top 1% of people who do things at all.”
2. “We already live in the future…it’s not like we’re waiting for something to happen…it’s just a matter of doing it.”
3. “I don’t know how to develop algorithms, but I’m currently developing an algorithm for custom 3D printed parts.”
4. “What I learned was ‘How to Learn’…’Learning How to Google’ (on becoming a Maker without a ‘making’ background).”
5. “Very few kids today get that feeling of knowing that you’ve just created something (in regards to K-12 shop classes).”
6. “We live in a time where you can do your own R & D (for complicated projects)…once you reach a point where things start to get hard, you’ll realize you’re too deep to back out, so just keep going.”
7. “You can get really far by putting your ideas out there and letting other people build on them.”
8. “We live in a time where (theoretically) nothing is made until you actually want it…it’s a new kind of future that creates a new economical model question.”
9. “At MakerBot, we joke that if we were engineers we would still be on our first prototype. There’s something about just ‘Doing it”…iteration is a way of engineering.”
10. “Making is a combination of learning, researching, and (rapidly) putting ideas into motion.”
To find out more about LISA and this year’s presenters, head over to their site.