Given the chore of making a road sign, how would you go about it? Do you need directions, or would you work better with your own initiative and creative impulse? My wife and I happened to use this as a metaphor in a chat about how we approach a job. We are polar opposites.
She would need explicit directions, a recipe so to speak of how the sign was to be made. Down to the color of paint, every step of the production of this particular sign would have to be communicated precisely. She would then proceed to make near perfect signs under the direction of these instructions. With proper orientation she could mass produce quality signs.
I need only the materials I ask for. My approach would be to do a quick study of sign making, starting with prehistoric cave drawings, the role of scribes, the printing press and current materials and processes of sign makers. I have no need for plans other than some notes scrawled on scrap paper. I make the instructions, most of the materials and design and produce a sign. Each of my signs would be unique. I could not mass produce signs.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a sign. What is you methodology for sign making?