We're going digital!
Hey! Martin here! I've decided to make most if not all of my designs available for purchase as a digital download! Way back in 2013 I started taking my love of design and background in mechanical engineering and making furniture and furnishings that blend art and function. While I've had a lot of interest, for a variety of reasons this hobby never really made a ton of sense as a full-on business: Bespoke furniture is *very* expensive to produce, easily damaged, takes up a lot of floor space, and costs a lot to ship. I've always been motivated to do this as an artistic expression rather than as a business, and the artistic expression for me is not actually the fine woodworking, it's the design: I'm a designer at heart, and want to focus my energy on that.
For that reason, I've decided to start focusing on selling the digital products, rather than the physical products. Since the vast majority of my design work exists as digital files before becoming a physical item, I'm going to start making the digital files available for download. I've always felt more aligned with the DIY community than a furniture empire, and this move will bring me closer to that direction. It will also allow me more creative freedom and expression as I won't be constrained by manufacturing costs. If these designs are made by a motivated DIYer then this effectively becomes a collaboration. Great! Throw pics up on your favorite social media site and tag it with #martinwilliamdesign and then we've collaborated! Given this idea, I will offer my digital works at a price that is not going to add significantly to the cost of producing the final piece, but will be enough to make it worthwhile for me to do the design work.
My design work currently falls into a few main camps:
I have a big backlog of designs - currently I have over 100 projects that I could digitize in this way, so if you see anything you like and you think "I want to make that!" then feel free to send me a message.
Ok now the important part: I'm sharing my work digitally so that other DIYers can pay me a small amount and then make the item themselves, for their own personal use. I retain all copyright off the work, and any businesses that wish to use my designs must contact me separately for licensing and/or royalties negotiations. So if you're a business - reach out to me and let's make a deal! So unless otherwise specified it should be assumed all paid downloads from this website are covered under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license: Credit must be given to the creator (me), for non-commercial use, and no derivatives or adaptations of the work. If you would like to do any of these things, please reach out to me and we can figure out a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Martin. In theory this is stuff I think is worth sharing with the world.