roller coaster

The Roller Coaster of Prototyping

the drama of prototyping

When I first came up with the baby bed idea it seemed so simple – all set, right? But then I started drawing out the plans and I realized a bunch of design flaws that I needed to work out. After that I was all set, right? During the Thanksgiving break I decided to take advantage of my dad’s tools and the big open space of my parent’s house to make the 3-d model. That’s when I ran into even more challenges.

AHHHH this foam's going to my head

Mike found me huddled in a mass of styrofoam cut outs and cardboard scraps. “What’s wrong?” He asked.

“This is never going to work. I keep figuring out more and more problems with the design, and I’m going to fail, and this is just a big waste of time,” I said in a fit of hysteria.

“But what are you doing when you find a flaw?”

“I fix it duh.”

I don't know where I would be without Mike's support

“Well then you’re not going to fail. The whole point of making the prototype is to¬†foresee¬†any future problems and fix them while it’s still cheap. If you don’t face your problems right away, then you fail.”

Don’t I have a smart boyfriend!

This whole process has been an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes I think I’m brilliant and I’m going to be on the cover of Business Women Today, and other times I think I should give up while I still have some savings and get the first safe job I can get. But you need that mix of emotions to be successful; the brazen self-confidence to take a risk, and the crippling self-doubt to say this isn’t good enough. If you have to much of the former you’ll never challenge yourself to improve- why would you, you’re perfect as is. If you have to much of the latter, you’ll never actualize your dreams – they’re not good enough anyway. So while it’s unsettling to ride the roller coaster I wouldn’t have it any other way.

p.s. Thank you Marika for the photos.