i'm hoping at least a couple of you are like, "but Alice, how do you know so much about electronics design?"
i'll tell you the open secret:
it sounds dry and maybe a bit intimidating but it's honestly your best bet for starting out.
@AmyZenunim This is true in most cases. Then you get to high-frequency gate drivers driving FETs that need to be passing tens of amps and you learn just how many ways things can go wrong!
@AmyZenunim The absolute worst thing is when a chip doesn't have a typical application circuit... ran into that recently with a *gate driver* of all things, where you would expect not just a typical application but also a layout recommendation! Even worse was that it was a chip with lots of unconventional features...