Note: If you already having a burning need to do a project you can skip this step, but it's still worth a quick look.
This first part is very important. The project you want to do should be something that you really want to do. Maybe you even feel like you need
to do it. You are going to be spending a lot of time talking about, discussing, analyzing, and promoting this project. To keep doing all that and still be excited about it is key so make sure this fire is burning within you.
For me, this happened with the calendar
. I printed up a test b&w version at full size at a local mom & pop printer for $5 (keywords: engineering print). It was awesome and I started filling it up with events and plans, but it was clearly something only a parent could love. The design needs color to work right. The only problem was that adding color costs at least $40. That was the mom & pop printer price ($90 at FedEx Office!), but that is on glossy and it needs to be matte or uncoated.
It was frustrating me so much that printing something like this would be so out of reach. But that's just the way it is for digital prints. At best I could've done a lower quality version for $30 each, but it wasn't what I wanted and it's hard to convince others to opt in even at that price.
So I was in a very frustrating spot of wanting to share my design with others and being completely unable to do so. It sucked. I wanted the idea out of my head and into others' homes. I very much needed to get it out there and be complete so I can move on to other projects.
Maybe that's just me. I obsess about something until it's done, it's out there. I need it to be finished because along the way other ideas are bubbling up that I want to try as well. Do you want to hear about a welding project to make people look like they're floating? How about the suspended hollow whale that is lit inside by RGB LEDs and responds colorfully to tweets? Or even a few dozen more ideas for a clock? I would like to, but first there's this business about a calendar I need to get out of the way.
So if you have an idea that for you is burning a hole in your brain I'd say you're good to go.