In its simplest form, bildr is a site that documents electronics for a nontechnical audience. The way it does this is what makes it truly special. bildr's articles are not only written to be understood by artists and designers, but its articles are also specifically designed so that they can be combined, allowing readers to build very complex interactive objects with minimal engineering knowledge.

I started bildr because I wanted it for myself. The lack of proper documentation on DIY electronics was really holding me back from making things I had dreamed up. So I spent several years learning, coding, writing, and illustrating to help remedy the situation. At time of writing: I have written, illustrated, photographed, and coded examples for over 60 articles. (All open source at that.)

Parts Not Projects

Typically DIY sites focus on showcasing individuals' projects. The documentation yield from this is monumental, but it creates a huge amount of redundancy, and really only helps others wanting to create derivative works. Often a user will spend time trying to remove unwanted portions of another project in hopes to make it fit their needs. But bildr focuses on documenting individual parts in a modular fashion so users can pick and choose the only parts they need.

And Code for All

Each bildr article is written so that if you connect everything as shown in the illustration and copy the supplied code it will work. Simple as that. But as simple as the idea is, displaying code on a blog isn't that simple, especially when that code is multiple files.

To make everything as absolutely simple for the users as possible, I designed and built a custom code display that allows users to view syntax highlighted versions of all the embedded files, and even download a zip file of the code example. See bildr Code for more information.

Concept video of the initial bildr concept.