How do I learn to design and make my own electronics

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I have currently only worked on resistor networks and gaining the skills to analyze them. I am now beginning to learn about RL, RC and RLC circuits and still I don't think this is enough knowledge to create my own circuits. To create a circuit you must have a function in mind as in "what do I want to do with these flow of electrons", a simple LED circuit where I could make a blinker is a good start. But even with the current knowledge I have I still wouldn't understand why I need a resistor to go with the blinker and why I need capacitor to go with it as well to make it blink, the WHY is crucial to making circuits cause if not u just being like a robot and putting things where they should be... I want to cut to the chase here and learn how to make circuits. Any books I can read that will allow such things?
 

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I have currently only worked on resistor networks and gaining the skills to analyze them. I am now beginning to learn about RL, RC and RLC circuits and still I don't think this is enough knowledge to create my own circuits. To create a circuit you must have a function in mind as in "what do I want to do with these flow of electrons", a simple LED circuit where I could make a blinker is a good start. But even with the current knowledge I have I still wouldn't understand why I need a resistor to go with the blinker and why I need capacitor to go with it as well to make it blink, the WHY is crucial to making circuits cause if not u just being like a robot and putting things where they should be... I want to cut to the chase here and learn how to make circuits. Any books I can read that will allow such things?
Practical Electronics for Inventors is a fairly comprehensive book.
 
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It sounds to me like your more interested in the "how" than the "why" at the moment, which is totally fine. I would recommend getting a simple electronics experiment kit that breadboards things together. It's usually pretty easy to expand those designs into very interesting things with just a small amount of creativity.
Something like this:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Ten-Breadboard-Projects-For-Beginners/
or maybe this:
https://www.madaboutscience.com.au/shop/50-basic-electronic-experiments-with-breadboard.html
 
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I want to cut to the chase here and learn how to make circuits.
https://www.edx.org/course/circuits-electronics-1-basic-circuit-mitx-6-002-1x-0 said:
Want to learn about circuits and electronics, but unsure where to begin? Wondering how to make computers run faster or your mobile phone battery last longer? This free circuit course taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.
There are many online courses out there. Take your pick.
 

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