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He's recently concluded that while playing with computers is fun, working in the computer industry is like living in Purgatory...

Amen to that!

..and he has quit it altogether to return to school and get a degree in Industrial Design.

I'd like to here more about this, because I've flirted with the idea myself. For some reason, I dream of the _perfect_ VCR design (I don't know why either). And I'm neurotic and get annoyed--way out of proportion--with poor interface.

--JamesRifkin 03:56, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)

I'd like to tell more about this, but right now, there's not much to tell. When I say "recently decided" I mean like a month ago or so (well for the ID part at least). I've been "flirting with the idea" for close to three or four years now, but had some personal hangups that prevented me from taking the plunge until just recently. When I worked in the computer industry, I wound up doing mostly internet-related projects and found that the most enjoyable parts for me were the interface and web page design parts. I could code (still can), but it just didn't thrill me as much as the design did. I quit my last software job almost three years ago, and wound up working as a delivery driver for DHL (not a bad gig really, but mind numbingly boring), and finally got over my silly little fears and decided to go back to school in August.
I'm annoyed by interface nuisances too, much more than any normal human would be. I concluded that either Communication Design or Industrial Design was the place for me. I've done Communication Design already in a way, and that path would just take me right back to the computer industry ultimately. So I figured, why not try something really revolutionary and make actual physical objects for once? I don't worry so much about the VCR, but I do obsess over furniture design and bags/cases for electronic gadgets and other purposes (I'm still searching for the perfect laptop bag and the perfect camera case. In both cases, something that is roomy enough to be practical, but cramped enough to be portable and also to prevent me from carrying more than I really want to -- sort of a coerced-yet-voluntary asceticism). --ThePolack 12:59, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Creating a lifestyle of aesthetically pleasing and practical minimalism - I like that! But perhaps it's more like sculpture: you have the raw materials already, you just need to chip and carve away to reveal the thing you want to see underneath. --RB 09:25, 10 Apr 2005 (EDT)

An apt metaphor, since it makes direct reference to the removal of "superfluous" material. Maybe it would make more sense if I changed the phrase to "Distilling a lifestyle of practical minimalism." I'll tell you right now, it's a hell of a lot easier said than done. --ThePolack 11:16, 10 Apr 2005 (EDT)

True, true. I'm a long way off doing it! --RB 08:09, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Thanks a LOT for the kGTD Tutorials! They really helped me getting started with (k)GTD, the 'official' documentation of Kinkless is rather, eehm, minimalistic :) --BartVB 06:07, 17 January 2007 (EST)

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