What I’m working on


Lighthouse

I’m setting up a creative studio at Brighton’s Digital Culture agency, Lighthouse.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Soldering workshop

I’m co-founder and project lead for the UK’s biggest independent DIY technology festival.

Consultancy

I help organisations use the web. I work in project design and management, digital strategy and training.

Hot Glue Zine

I edited and published a fanzine for Maker Faire. It’s full of project ideas designed to bring the maker spirit into people’s homes.

Hardware startup

Developing the UK maker/entrepreneur community.

Writing

I write about makers, hackers and entrepreneurs for Makezine.com.

Photography

I specialise in product photography, and also make my own equipment.

How to make things

I like to make useful things. I document the interesting projects to help you make things too.

Latest from the blog


Looking Sideways Episode 9 — Christian Hambly

In this episode, I talk to Christian Hambly, and we explore that territory seemingly always on the geek horizon: Coffee.

From espresso machines to domestic brew methods, denaturation to decaffeination, John Gruber to George Clooney, we map out pretty much the whole domain in 55 minutes. If you’re a long-standing coffee nut (‘bean’?), my ill-informed questions will infuriate you, but if, like me, you’re just setting out on this voyage, Christian’s expertise and enthusiasm will guide you to the promised land. More…

Looking Sideways Episode 8 — Sarah Angliss

Sarah Angliss is a composer and performer, writer and historian, roboticist and maker of musical instruments and automata. I caught up with her in the basement of Bom-Banes café in Brighton’s Kemp Town to find out what lies behind her eerie performances and historically-influenced music. We talked about the discomfort of new technology, and nostalgia for old; performance, magic and jeopardy; and the value of physical things in a world being eaten by software. More…

Looking Sideways Episode 7 — Emma Rose Metcalfe from How.Do

Emma Rose Metcalfe is the co-founder of How.Do, an app and platform that lets you share how to do things.

We spoke about the user experience of sharing. How does sharing projects stop us from doing projects? How can we share collaborative experiences? Who holds the camera? How do constraints improve the sharing experience? And how do sharing platforms create new kinds of narrative?

We also talked about value in a sharing system? How does a social network or sharing platform make money? Why do people share, and what do they get out of it? When can advertising be valuable?

And how can tools like How.Do work in other contexts, such as education? What happens when you let people find their own uses for technology? More…


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