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By Joe Chellman | Friday, June 5, 2015

Version Control: It's Not Just for Programmers Anymore!

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I believe that to create good work, you need to be fearless. Fear of mistakes, or of breaking something and not being able to recover, can be very harmful to any kind of work.

Working with computers, it’s essential to keep backups so work doesn’t get lost—but backups are automatic and have no built-in knowledge of what the work actually is. Using version control, you can keep records of what exactly you’ve done at every step (without anyone else telling you what that “step” should be), and go back to previous versions if a direction doesn’t work out.

Version control software has been helping programmers do this kind of safe experimentation for years, and I believe it can be really helpful for creatives. I like to think of it as having the freedom to make bolder, braver mistakes.

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