MAKE Asks: Form and Function

MAKE Asks: Form and Function


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: When you’re completing a project, are you more concerned with how your creation works, or are visual aesthetics an important factor in how you work?

Most of my projects were purely made for function until I took a sculpture course in the Fine Arts department at NYU. I learned that presentation and context were important in how the user engaged with the piece, and have adjusted my style since then.

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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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