SketchUp and Tinkercad
These are two cool programs for anyone to do 3D modeling and design. The first is SketchUp which is a program created by Google that has attracted 30 million activations in the past year alone. The other is called Tinkercad and they offer people with no design experience the ability to design real things that come out of the 3D printer, into your life. Both allow you to share your designs with friends and explore things made by other makers.
I think there is going to be a big movement in the coming years of simplifying complex programs to a more accessible level for the masses (ie music production software, photoshop, website development, CAD, etc…). Take, for example, Tumblr and how easy it has made creating a well designed blog. I’m not sure these more mass designed programs will ever replace the full versions of programs because I believe a lot of progress is found in the expertise of the masters often using those programs. However, there is a big opportunity to create tools in, say in the music space, in between Garageband and Ableton or Reason.
The ability to solve ours and the world’s problems are increasingly right at our fingertips, it’s just a matter of picking up the right tools, finding the right partners, and getting our hands a little dirty. Consider these tools as you are working through the Experiment phase.