The selection of parts is (gratefully) enormous! There are so many accessible options that make sense, so how do you end up choosing? Is there a list of SMD components/manufacturers that the maker community has found success with, for example? I think it would be a nice jumping off point for those of us getting started.
As an example, while working on Hexo , I found myself in need of a push button switch. After filtering for what works based on electrical and mechanical needs, price, availability, and even aesthetics and activation force, it still feels overwhelming.
The process isn't all bad, I'm enjoying digging through the catalogues, but I'm looking for how I might build more confidence.
I'd love to hear about your projects and how you've went about selecting components!
 - https://hackaday.io/project/178420-hexo