Barbara was on Women of a Certain Age, an UpNorth TV (public access) show, with Susan McQuaid and Ann-Marie Oomen. She talked about Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt and other things. Watch the show online here (it is a great show, and you should watch it all, but Barbara's part starts about 48 minutes in).
We've reached the final five days of our crowd-funding campaign to manufacture Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt in Michigan. It has been a great adventure of meeting lots of nice people and learning a lot.
We have really been appreciating this blog post by Conner Forrest: How Startups are Like Baby Sea Turtles. It talks about how many challenges lie between concept and success, and how even a simple light can distract you from your goal.
For example, one especially persistent person we met was Tom Carr, who produced this radio story about Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt for Interlochen Public Radio.
Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt has a future, yet still has a long way to go. But we are grateful to the many folks who have nudged us in the right direction and offered time and assistance as we find our way to the water.
This is a bit of video shot by Barbara at the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House.
How do you create new things? It seems to me that there are folks who can visualize a complete concept, then execute it. And then there are folks, like me, whose visualization of the final product is incomplete, so we have to produce many versions of the concept, each time changing something until you get to a satisfactory end result.
For example, here is a photo of most of the different versions of one card from Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt, from the earliest in the top left, to the latest in the bottom right:
I’ve always been impressed with folks who can create without iteration: Someone who can sit down with a blank piece of paper or some time and walk away with a completed work. Fine artists and illustrators do this all the time. Musicians, too. Beethoven, for example, was famously deaf when he composed and premiered his Symphony No. 9., so he couldn't listen to it, tweak it, and try again.
But what’s really happening there is that they’ve just front-loaded their iteration: Musicians play scales or rudiments. Artists sketch or do studies. Beethoven was an amazing improviser, which must have been quite useful when he could no longer hear.
So, when trying something new, iteration is necessary. The artists that helped us work on Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt understood that, and were quite patient through the whole process. Earnest Hemingway wrote 47 endings to A Farewell to Arms. Now, to apply that patience to everything else!
Musings from Jim Muratzki, designer of Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt.