Artists talk about their artistic integrity. An artist wants to produce the purest version of their craft without being tethered or guided by unwanted influence. A painter may be commissioned to illustrate a bank lobby even though architecture isn't what he enjoys painting. He may see himself as a sell-out. His audience, bank officials and bank patrons, will appreciate the work but he may feel this goes against his integrity.
My example is not so grandiose. In a work meeting the team was making a promotional video for internal use. It was kind of silly with some inside humor for the group not the audience. The video ended with the cliché mid-air high-five between two guys. The freeze frame was straight out of any 80's movie. We all laughed.
The vision I had for this video was much different. There was no inside humor. The dialogue was very concise and short. The group decided to go with a longer script and they had fun with it.
When we were giving our input to the video I sarcastically suggested that the freeze frame of the mid-air high-five could start playing Eye of the Tiger and slowly pan out. Everyone loved the idea. I was dumbstruck. I didn't actually think this was a good idea.
At that point I was actually a little upset that this video had strayed so far from my vision and my sarcasm was being put into action. So I had to think about why this upset me. In reality my suggestion had been a hit. The ridiculous overtone would probably make the higher-ups laugh.
At what point do I swallow my pride and help the project by suggesting things I think the group will like? At what point do I say, "No, this is too silly," and stick to my integrity?
There is no line in the sand. If I had started the project and made my vision silly and fun I probably would have had more people on board. I stuck to my guns and my version will not be produced at all. Did I fail the group by not providing what they wanted? Would I have sold myself short by doing so?
A description of the 3d printer concept was written in Word and the sketches were added. The document was 735 words long, 3 pages plus a cover page. The description has a breakdown of the components with pictures, a bullet-list of the possible errors, a parts list in a table and a flow-chart of the process. The document was pasted into a blog post and reformatted to suit the blog style.
- Collect & buy STUFF
- Write pseudo code
- Design circuit with plugs
- Design schematics
- Draft schematics
- Revise document
- Build STUFF