People & Things That Inspire Me

This is a collection of cool resources give me inspiration and a boost for making things and general creativity. If you find inspiration somewhere on the web or have other inspirational or creative suggestions, please pass them along. I'll try to keep them categorized, as well. Enjoy!

"Have Coffee With" Bucket List

Jimmy Diresta

If you watch or search the YooToobz for DIY and maker and other terms relating to anything you find on my site, you've no doubt run into Jimmy's amazing maker/DIY YouTube channel. I HIGHLY recommend you watch his stuff. He does fast-speed videos of projects, which are great for my short attention span. Jimmy's one of my maker heroes and is definitely on my list of people I'd love to have coffee with.

Bob Clagett

Now a FULL-TIME maker and proprietor of, an amazing maker blog and resource for tons of really cool projects. Bob, like Jimmy Diresta, does great videos to help you with your DIY/maker/tinker projects. Bob's a great advocate for the maker movement and his adventure into full-time making is one I'm watching carefully.

Other Sources of Inspiration


Sure, I work there, but the highly talented people at meltmedia produce some amazing code, design and ideas. It's a privilege to work with such an amazing group of like-minded people. It's a bonus that the company encourages me to motorize my office furniture.

Input – Fonts for Code, from Font Bureau

Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code by David Jonathan Ross. It offers both monospaced and proportional fonts, all with a large range of widths, weights, and styles for richer code formatting.


Ron is my work wife and zombie brother. He's one of meltmedia's founding fathers. He's a smart and funny character in the cast over there. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram if you want to see a constant stream of delicious phood fotos. #YUM

Lynn & Tonic

Lynn is an amazing designer, advocate for design+development overlap and an incredible painter. I commissioned her to make a big version of the famous "Dogs Playing Poker" painting, but instead of dogs, it has all of my favorite cartoon characters.

Jarrett Heather

Artist, musician and software developer.

Local Motors

From their home page: "Local Motors is a free online and physical workspace where creativity, collaboration and design drive vehicle innovations." The amazing people at LM Labs in Chandler, AZ helped push the Office Chairiot Mark II nearer to a finished state, bringing us one step closer to the Mark III.

Make Magazine

This is a fantastic magazine and website for maker ideas and general creativity. You should subscribe. I know I do! Boy, howdy!

My Pins on Pinterest

I try to pin things I find inspirational or that I want to refer to later for ideas.

The Electronics Club

Basics on electronics, soldering, projects, and it’s well-written

tronixstuff – fun and learning with electronics

A cool blog about fun and learning with electronics!


A killer website (design- and code-wise) all about why it’s awesome to live and work in the State of Arizona.