The Importance of Failing Often

by Nick Brewer

From NYC Resistor’s blog

Catarina helped me build a prototype of a “Nixie” tube illuminated with electroluminescent wire. Unfortunately the wires are too dense and too dim to work well with the ten layers of thickness, so the prototype is a beautiful failure.

I think this is an excellent example of failure in DIY education. I have found over time that I tend to make a lot of mistakes and that is completely ok. Not only am I learning in my attempts to build things, but I usually break something and have to overcome that problem to finish the project. I really like the look of these nixie tubes that Hudson was trying to go for, and he has a really good design, but the overall product just didn’t work… making it “a beautiful failure.”

Anybody else have any lessons they’ve learned through failure?

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