Finding Your Passion Project
I recently bought my first house and have been experiencing the typical growing pains of a firsttime homeowner. I’ve filled out reams of paperwork, ripped up carpet, painted rooms, hung pictures on the walls, draped curtains over the windows, and even tried (and failed) to grow a garden. With all those hours of planning and labor under my belt, I now feel a much more personal connection to the place I live in and a sense of gratification knowing I was capable enough to tackle the challenges inherent in home buying.
The Idea Behind the DIY Issue
Owning a home is basically the ultimate DIY project—but it’s one that never ends. In this issue, we’re going to go a lot easier on you. We decided to publish our first-ever DIY issue after realizing just how many ways you could use your iPhone to take your life into your hands. We wanted to go beyond the basic, everyday uses (you have our How-To Guide for that!), and get into ways you could use your phone to tackle all kinds of projects, whether as a professional or a hobbyist. From gardening and cooking to cleaning up your finances, the DIY issue will equip you with the know-how to accomplish your goals. If you’d like to record a podcast or song, turn to our former editor-in-chief and host of online show Social Good Now Alex Cequea as he walks you through setting up a mobile recording studio (pg. 52). For those interested in charting new iPhoneography territory, associate editor Rheanne Schlee teaches you how to use an external lens to magnify your subjects and capture gorgeous details in her in-depth guide to macro photography (pg. 44). She’s also put together a guide to printing your Instagram shots on everything from kitchen tiles to throw pillows in order to personalize your space (pg. 60). These articles and many others are designed to help jumpstart your creative process.
The Uprising of Citizen Journalists
This issue, I’ve written a piece in our Life + Tech section about citizens who are using their smartphones to bring police misconduct into the public eye (pg. 70). You need look no further than the videos captured of the tragic deaths of Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner at the hands of police officers to comprehend the power of such footage. Citizens are taking justice into their own hands by recording police interactions in the heat of the moment, and as a result, the whole world has witnessed cases that might have otherwise been reduced to hearsay.
Share Your Inspiration
I hope this issue inspires you to take on a project you’ve wanted to tackle but that has seemed out of reach. We love hearing from our readers, so if you have your own DIY story or project discovery to share, reach out to me at donna@ iphonelife.com.