Years ago, a man or woman’s trade was his craft – be it serving as a locksmith, teacher, carpenter, or something else.
As we’ve moved in to a much more digital age, we hear less and less about jobs being treated as crafts unless we’re working with raw materials with our hands.
But for years, I’ve been a fan of the idea of software being treated as craftsmanship.
This morning, Seth Godin published an article with which I wholeheartedly agree:
Perhaps we’re entering a new age of craftsmanship, one where we can see craft in the way a new business is devised, a sale is made or a website is coded. A craftsperson might be particularly talented and connected in the way she deals with clients, or be able to meet deadlines with alacrity.
Just because it’s not in a crafts fair doesn’t mean it didn’t demand craft.
Just a thought while you sit down to work on whatever project you’ve got going on today: we’re still working with raw materials of sorts and we’re still working with our hands.
The projects that we build – be it sites or software – I feel are worth of being treated as such.