Looking Sideways

 Accessible Icon Project

Graphic street intervention from The Accessible Icon Project. http://accessibleicon.org. Photo by Brian Funck

Looking Sideways is my podcast and radio show about making, design, and other things that get caught up in that: manufacturing, work, craft, consumerism, and occasionally coffee.

The current series (February-March 2016) is bring broadcast on Resonance FM, and is very maker-focused. As the tagline goes, it’s about ‘how we make things, and how those things make us’. The show is broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 5pm, and repeated Thursdays at 3pm on Resonance 104.4FM. Available on FM in central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world.

Having spent a lot of time working with makers – inside the culture º some questions keep popping up: What’s the value of making by hand when we can buy everything we need courtesy of a global manufacturing system that we can access with a swipe across glass? Are craft practices inherently nostalgic or can they point us towards valid ways of making in the future? How are new ways of making – open-source design; making on or in the body; digital fabrication – changing the relationships between makers and consumers; between makers, and the things we make?

All the episodes are available as a podcast, with show notes and links on the Looking Sideways website.