Volume 1 A Guide to Making Things

  • Keep it simple, do it well

    There’s nothing more satisfying than making something well, and in a world filling up with stuff, attention to detail matters more than ever. By keeping it simple we can make room to breathe, step back, and focus on the quality of the things we produce.

  • Be better, not bigger

    There’s an incredible breadth and depth of value in the things that people do, immeasurable in terms of money, attention, likes or followers. This is why we love what we do. Focus on being better, and work with people who value their craft.

  • Always be tinkering

    Be interested in the way things work, intrigued by the world around us, and unafraid to play with new technologies. Tinkering seeds new ideas and inspires exciting projects. Make something. Anything. Or take something apart to find out what’s inside.

  • Be adventurous

    We’re lucky. We spend our time making stuff, which gives us the same thrill we had as children, cutting things out, sticking things together, and making circuit boards with switches and lightbulbs. Part of that feeling comes from learning new things and experimenting. Let’s keep pushing.

  • Be open, share ideas and resources

    Build communities of makers for greater impact. Share ideas, contribute resources, publish our learnings, have conversations and inspire others. There’s a lot of making to be done. Support our fellow makers.

  • Make friends and collaborate

    Two brains are better than one. Three brains are better still. We make better things by working with talented people who reinterpret our ideas in ways we could never have imagined. Make some new friends, or look up some old ones, and dream up a collaborative project.

  • Iterate

    Nothing is perfect, so let’s accept that and make version one. And then version two. Each iteration is an experiment — prod, poke, and learn. Start at the beginning, not at the end.

  • Make stuff to change the world (even just a little bit)

    Imagine if every child finished school inspired to go out into the world and make something to improve our situation. It doesn’t have to be big, just moving a tiny part of the world a tiny part of the way is enough, if we’re all inspired to do it. This starts with us. Let’s get to work. Let’s excite and inspire.

In celebration of our first year, we wanted to send something nice to friends, fellow makers and people who do good things. Working with the lovely folks at Hey, who illustrated these ideas for us, we made 100 copies of the printed version. This is the digital version, and we have lots of copies.

Fieldwork began one short but eventful year ago. Since then, we’ve grown from two to four people, moved into a new studio, and been lucky enough to work with inspiring folk on some great projects based around things we really care about.

We want Fieldwork to be about working with good people and making good things, and it’s important to us that we keep the thoughts printed here in mind throughout the journey.

This is the first in our Volumes series. To hear about future Volumes and other Fieldwork goings on, pop your email address into the form below.

Volume 1: A Guide to Making Things

Volumes is a limited edition print series. Collaborating with talented artists, illustrators, designers, coders and makers, we explore a different subject in each edition. Anything goes, as long as it fits inside an A5 folder.

Volume 1 is beautifully illustrated by Hey! on paper kindly donated by GFSmith.

Find more images of the print version on Flickr.

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