I often see PCBs and circuits as works of art. They often give me the same awe as one would get looking at a painting. They are often hidden gems.
yeah!!! i think of it the same way. i don't use any modern software like Altium, with all those autorouters, netlists, schematic linking, etc. just SprintLayout , for manual drawing. i can draw a PCB for a weeek or so, and finally delete it and start again just because i don't like how it looks before all those lazer-printer-based PCB making, the popular way in russia was drawing pen and nail polish later, i've started to use permanent markers what's curios, i have never had drawing skills, in meaning of drawing art scenes, and never liked it. i think of PCBs is a kind of puzzle, a technical task to minimize free (wasted) space.
Im trying to learn KiCad.. just downloaded it this week. Back in the 90s we used a black sharpie to draw straight on the copper board.
Things are a lot different now, and you can get parts a lot cheaper. I wish I would have never lost interest.
The internet has allowed me to catch up on things. There seens to be alot of programming involved now. Which I am not interested in. Though I cant really put it down. I use cheap products that exist now because of Arduino. The Mega328 transistor tester is great. My T12 cloned soldering station is too. I’ve learned so much by just reading info on stun gun design. Things I woujd have never learned had I hust stuck with guitar pedals.