Seeing Scaffolding Everywhere

Mike Wickett adds some good thoughts to the analogy of scaffolding as the pieces we use to help us do work:

A crew can remove the scaffolding from a worksite, load it in a truck and take it to the next job. It doesn’t require (much) modification to work again and again. In the same way, when you build scaffolding for your work, build with re-usability in mind.

He gets it. Some “bespoke”–next time you hear someone using that word non-ironically, punch them–system for this thing you’re doing is wasteful if you can’t reuse the pieces of it again. Your art is not your systems, your art is the work your scaffolding lets you do.