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The ‘Design Process’ as told by a disassembled AK47 bullet

Each piece of the bullet represents a different part of the design process. “Inspiration” is represented by the primer. A small explosion puts everything in motion. Inspiration is a tricky business: Obsession with your interests alone leads to unproductive fantasy, while obsession with capabilities alone leads to paralyzing fear. Inspiration ignites when you’re brutally honest about both. The explosion from the primer is controlled by the shell casing, labeled as “discipline,” which contains and directs your energy.Gunpowder represents the risks implicit in the design process. When you start bringing an idea into the world, you don’t know how it will behave. If the idea is worth anything, there’s no precedent. If you fear or try to mitigate this uncertainty, the inspiration will remain an idea.The bullet tip? That’s humility. Design your project to cut through apathy and reach those who will appreciate it, but realize that once it’s in the world, its success and failure are no longer yours. Temperature, dew point, and Earth’s rotation affect a bullet’s flight as much as the shooter’s intention.

 

The ‘Design Process’ as told by a disassembled AK47 bullet

Each piece of the bullet represents a different part of the design process. 

Inspiration” is represented by the primer. A small explosion puts everything in motion. Inspiration is a tricky business: Obsession with your interests alone leads to unproductive fantasy, while obsession with capabilities alone leads to paralyzing fear. Inspiration ignites when you’re brutally honest about both. The explosion from the primer is controlled by the shell casing, labeled as “discipline,” which contains and directs your energy.

Gunpowder represents the risks implicit in the design process. When you start bringing an idea into the world, you don’t know how it will behave. If the idea is worth anything, there’s no precedent. If you fear or try to mitigate this uncertainty, the inspiration will remain an idea.

The bullet tip? That’s humility. Design your project to cut through apathy and reach those who will appreciate it, but realize that once it’s in the world, its success and failure are no longer yours. Temperature, dew point, and Earth’s rotation affect a bullet’s flight as much as the shooter’s intention.

 

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