Craft has long been a haven for hackers. Lacking traditional apprenticeships or fine arts educations, craftspeople have hacked, reverse engineered, and otherwise experimented their way to creative success.
Do it yourself often means teach yourself.
And there’s no better way to do that than by to tear it apart & put it back together again.
Of course, this is just one more similarity between craft & the software industry. While universities & technical schools continue to spew out highly trained IT professionals, the skills they really need are learn-on-the-job: troubleshooting, dissecting, improvising.
Outside the trained masses are even more untrained computer whizzes and programming geeks.
Software like WordPress (swoon…) and Mozilla Firefox (sigh…) are built by masses of self-motivated, unpaid programmers & technicians who have hacked their way to an internet revolution.
Marketplaces like Etsy & Supermarket are stocked with products crafted by men & women with no formal training but with passion, drive, and vision to fill an ocean.
Hacking is evolving from a destructive force in business into a creative one.
- John Gerzema, Inc Magazine
So often we get stuck on doing things “the right way” that we forget “the best way” may not have been invented yet.