MAKE Asks: Collaborations

Make: Asks is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Have you ever worked with another person (or people) on a project that couldn’t have been realized had you tried it on your own?

In my first year of grad school I made a dance pad game with two other students. I had strong fabrication and electronics skills, but if it weren’t for the Processing chops of one student and the project management talents of another, the project wouldn’t have come to fruition.

Post your responses in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “MAKE Asks: Collaborations

  1. imt.lmzamora says:

    many times, ever body have strengths and weaknesses; for example I don’t have experience using manual lathe and we needed a tipe of cilinder made on aluminium, without one of my friend we couldn’t finish the project

  2. raster says:

    Group projects are pretty common at hackerspaces, and I know I’ve been involved in a few at Milwaukee Makerspace that combined the skills of multiple members (the Giant Arduino & Giant Beer Can parade float come to mind.)

    Besides the group projects I pretty much always incorporate the ideas and/or code/designs that other have created into my work. Be they from the Internet or just talking to others about my ideas. Collaboration comes in many forms, and few of us really work in a vacuum nowadays.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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