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 Post subject: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:00 pm 
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Over the past several weeks I've started writing a member handbook for TC Maker. I've shared it already with a few members, but I would like more feedback and group involvement. The product is meant primarily as a hard copy, informal and fun brochure (several folded and nested 8.5 x 11 inch sheets).

In the realization that I've intended, this document would not be dozens of pages long or very detailed, but provide a basic introduction to TC Maker's origins, mission and vision, accomplishments, and general guidelines on member practices. It may be that the content is better suited as a newcomer's guide than member handbook, but that remains undetermined. If so, we'd develop a member handbook separately.

So far, I have written some content according to this Table of Contents:
  • Credits
    • Graphics
    • Maker & Editor
    • Content and Editing Assistance
    • Publishing Tools
    • Suggestions and Corrections
  • Background
    • Mission
    • Vision
    • Maker Movement
    • TC Maker
    • Maker Shops
    • Location
  • Practices
    • Co-op Plan
    • Philosophy
    • Legal Stuff
  • Organization
    • Founder
    • Board of Governors
    • Community
    • Tools and Equipment
  • History
    • Start as a Website
    • Meetings at Common Roots
    • Make Day 2009
    • Bessie the Sea Cow, Milk Carton Boat Race
    • Joining with Hack Factory, leasing a space
  • Extras (Fun Attachments)
    • Papercraft Template, Logo Octahedron
  • Glossary of Terms
    • Bikeshed
    • ?????
    • ?????

If you have any suggestions on content, please reply to this post. If you would like closer involvement with this project, please send me a personal message (PM) via this bulletin board.

I would like this to be mostly an internal project until the material is published, meaning that I don't want to handle it like a wiki document. General ideas can be discussed in this thread, but I don't want detailed discussions with lots of people to drag down the development.

Also, I'd like to designate myself as lead editor.

Thanks everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:25 am 
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Played around with a couple of ideas we talked about. Tried to incorp a number of elements.
-the shape of the TCM hex nut
-shop tools
-male and female characters
-electronics
-something visually minnesotan (in this one I have the capital and the quadriga -a symbol of labor and prosperity)


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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:48 am 
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swinkdaddy wrote:
Played around with a couple of ideas we talked about. Tried to incorp a number of elements.
-the shape of the TCM hex nut
-shop tools
-male and female characters
-electronics
-something visually minnesotan (in this one I have the capital and the quadriga -a symbol of labor and prosperity)
Stefan, this is über cool! This might even be fun for our website banner. Can you flesh this out a little more with details and color? Would you and can you vectorize a more finished version (BTW, I'm curious as to which Windows program(s) do a good job of vectorizing drawn or scanned images)?

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:22 am 
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Oh, and the big image on your deviantART page is magnificent!:
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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:34 am 
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OOOOOH! Another cool idea! How about creating a little model scene like your deviantART image and photographing it for our website banner! That would rock the house!

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:08 am 
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Ha thats just stuff in my office. Dr KinderKlaw was a prop i made that hung out of my belly like "Quato" from Total Recall. His eye use to light up, but the battery is dead now.

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
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Any chance a version of this could be ready for this weekend? Just a thought. Even if it was something we printed just one copy of and had it out for people to look at?

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:32 pm 
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jrsphoto wrote:
Any chance a version of this could be ready for this weekend? Just a thought. Even if it was something we printed just one copy of and had it out for people to look at?

-John
Yup. I'm creating a tri-fold using some content.

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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:18 am 
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Nice, can't wait to see the final thing. I can take a review of it if you want before sending it to the printer.


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 Post subject: Re: Writing a Member Handbook or Newcomer's Guide to TC Maker
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paulsobczak wrote:
Nice, can't wait to see the final thing. I can take a review of it if you want before sending it to the printer.


Great Idea. My senior year in high school, 2 days before the band left for Iceland, Sweden, and Norway someone noticed that Scandinavian was speeled wrong on the 1000 tri-fold programs we had printed...

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