The other day I needed to find jus the right image for a presentation. After browsing the inter webs for a bit, I decided to just make it myself.
This is a blog about how I like to make stuff
For a while now I have been fascinated by the concept of modularity. Whats so cool about modularity? Take legos for example. They are a bunch of bricks that can be recombined to create fantastical medieval castles or space colonies, or they can be made into robots or be used reshape wax into a bar.
Why would you want to make a wax bar? To build other things of course. And why make other things? Because making is human. This blog may also be about that; asking what it means to be a toolmaker.
So everything is modular. Some things are modular at different scales, and some only work within a particular system. For example, a philips head screwdriver doesn’t do you much good if you have a flat head screw, and you can’t hardly park your bike at the ISS. But if you find systems of desperate shapes and sizes that are worth connecting, do it!
If you can create the right adapter, then every bit can be made to work with any other bit, and suddenly the world has a lot² more possibilities. And if you can look at the world through this lens, in my experience anyways, everything becomes more fun. Maybe I am just getting nostalgic about how awesome playing with LEGOs can be, or maybe it really is getting to some fundamental aspect of being human.
Modularity is the degree to which a system’s components may be separated and recombined. The meaning of the word, however, can vary somewhat by context:
- In biology, modularity refers to the concept that organisms or metabolic pathways are composed of modules.
- In nature, modularity refers to the construction of a cellular organism by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, as for example, the hexagonal cells in a honeycomb.
- In the Five Principles of New Media as defined by Lev Manovich, modularity covers the principle that new media is composed of modules or self-sufficient parts of the overall media object.
- In the study of networks, modularity (networks) is a benefit function that measures the quality of a division of a network into groups or communities.
- In ecology, modularity is considered a key factor – along with diversity and feedback – in supporting resilience.
- In mathematics, the modularity theorem (formerly the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture) establishes a connection between elliptic curves and modular forms.
- In mathematics, modular lattices are partially ordered sets satisfying certain axioms.[clarification needed]
- In cognitive science, the modularity of mind refers to the idea that the mind is composed of independent, closed, domain-specific processing modules. Specifically, see visual modularity, for an article relating to the various putative visual modules. Specifically, see language module, for an article relating to the putative language module.
- In industrial design, modularity refers to an engineering technique that builds larger systems by combining smaller subsystems.
- In manufacturing, modularity refers to the use of exchangeable parts or options in the fabrication of an object.
- In modular programming, modularity refers to the compartmentalization and inter-relation of the parts of a software package.
- In contemporary art and architecture, modularity can refer to the construction of an object by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, and/or to the use of a module as a standardized unit of measurement and proportion.
- In ModulArt – a branch of modular art – modularity refers to the ability to alter the work by reconfiguring, adding to and/or removing its parts.
- In software designing, Modularity is a logical partitioning of the “software design” that allows complex software to be manageable for the purpose of implementation and maintenance. The logic of partitioning may be based on related functions, implementation considerations, data links, or other criteria.