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.: oomlout :.: One Day Chair Challenge Result? Success.

The chair is complete. What started this morning as as an idea and progressed through computer drawings, and scale models has this afternoon materialized into an honest to goodness chair.

The result is admittedly not a design classic, but what we have learned during its design and ultimate construction has been astounding. Just imagine the possibilities that develop if you can make as many mistakes as we did today, everyday. Each day ending with a product that is just a little bit better than yesterdays. We’re excited. We’ll leave it on one final point; the business mantra that Stuart has been repeating ad nauseam of late (and the rest of us are starting to subscribe to).

“The secret to success is being able to make mistakes faster” (Stuart McFarlan)

(in terms of attribution he’s currently claiming he came up with it but we’re pretty sure he’s lying, if you know where the proper credit lies drop us a line, Clement and I would love to burst this particular bubble)

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. bgarland says:

    The Army has long said to soldiers in training “Fail faster to succeed sooner.” Also frequently attributed as “Fail faster, succeed sooner” to David Kelley, founder of IDEO.

  2. Pete Wood says:

    I read an article about software development at NASA http://www.sinz.org/Michael.Sinz/Software.html

    They had a poster on the wall which had the following:

    ‘The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up’

    I currently have a desktop wallpaper saying:

    ‘Fail early, fail often’

    it seems quite common.

    An old boss of mine used to say “There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, just make sure they’re new ones”

  3. Sylvain says:

    Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

    “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. Ted says:

    “Seymour Cray was a friend of my dad’s. I asked him what it was like to know the genius who had built the world’s first supercomputer company. My dad said, Well, actually, son, he wasn’t so much smarter than me. He just made mistakes a hundred times faster.”
    - Townes Duncan

  5. stuart | oomlout says:

    Thanks for all the help in tracking down attribution. I’m a little gutted it turns out to be one of the many things I heard and then somehow began to think was mine.

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