I do not think that many people know this, but MonkWerks is not my only responsibility – it’s true, we saw him berating a three year old for eating meat on a Friday in Lent – I am also working on my doctorate in Medieval Slavic Christianity – still not sure if he is trying to be as smart as Brian Grella or just bore him to death. This semester (Spring 2015) has kept me fairly busy, partially because the classes are difficult but also because I am just getting back into graduate work after taking some time off. What that means for MonkWerks – besides leaving the heater off in the shop, which is where we LIVE!!! – is that I do not always have a lot of time to get down in the shop to work on projects. I have been pleasantly surprised that I have been able to do what I have done so far these past couple months. Though that does mean that the content might be infrequent.
Nevertheless, I have been thinking of ways to try and make a better overall experience. The point of today’s blog – isn’t there something about putting your thesis in the opening paragraph? – is to announce a new MonkWerks’ design! If you follow me on Facebook or Google+, you might have noticed that I was soliciting thoughts on a new logo, and I even uploaded new YouTube channel art – we can’t make fun of him too much for calling it art since that is YT’s term; that was only part of the plan. I have been thinking for a while now that the overall look was a bit plain and did not match the style of what I was trying to do.
People sometimes remark that I can be a bit quirky – quirky or anti-social, sure it’s all the same. And I have been trying to focus on projects that are not too typical or at least give a different take on things – maybe that’s why we’re still waiting for part two of the shoe shine box, it’s too pedantic; see we can use a thesaurus also. I just did not think the old style conveyed that sense. I remember when I was setting up the website and even the video title montage that I was focused on getting wood, wood, and more wood. It was what I was looking for but not.
What I want to do is blend contemporary/modern with an element of the classical. I think this is conveyed in the new logo, the illuminated workman remains but he is now chopping down an abstract form of a tree. Not everything has changed – careful he also said our rations weren’t being cut – I intend to continue featuring Jon Sayles‘ beautiful classical guitar pieces. One they are free to use, and secondly it provides a great counter-balance to the noise of power tools. The other thing that will remain the same is the rolling commentary – we threatened to strike if he removed our work. Woodworking for me, first and foremost should be fun; that is why I do it after all. I could be mistaken, but the commentary keeps things light hearted – he’s also not much of a videographer and we think, he thinks, that you think, you will keep watching if you think something funny is about to be said, we think. One thing that has not changed, but probably will is the title sequence. I am still not sure what I will do with it yet, but I have a few ideas on which I am working.
In the end, some people might say what’s the point, “Just give us good content.” And yes, I agree the content is the most important piece of it. However, I think I might be able to produce good content when I feel that there is a consistent, holistic approach. So enough about design – wait, what, isn’t that what we’re all about?!? – and let’s get back to making great projects.