Fab Lab Manchester

On a recent visit to Manchester to attend the Future Everything summit, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the UK’s first fab lab, housed in a striking, slab-like building in the waterside district of one of Britain’s great industrial cities. I spoke to Eddie Kirkby (of the Manufacturing Institute) and Haydn Insley (fab […]

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Experimenting with video

I’ve been inspired by several recent conversations and discoveries to experiment with making films. I had a conversation with John Willshire about Vine, and how the spread of 4G connectivity is enabling video as a frictionless medium for sharing ideas and content over the network. Much as domestic broadband and 3G enabled the photo and […]

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Future Everything 2013

Last week I went to the Future Everything summit in Manchester. The scope of the summit was vast, and I can’t do justice to the whole event, but there was one theme I found particularly interesting. And that was how digital technology is changing the landscape for artists, cultural institutions, audiences and funders of creative […]

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Alice Taylor: Inventing the Future of Toys

This interview was originally published on Makezine.com One small tangent that didn’t make the cut, but which I’m personally interested in: We were talking about moving towards a mainstream market, and the scaling up of production that demands. I was curious how that would work with the outfits, which aren’t made by machine. We digressed […]

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A conversation with Natalia Buckley

Photo by Roberta Mataityte Natalia Buckley is a hacker, designer, and creative technologist. She’s originally from Poland and now lives in Brighton on England’s south coast, a city famed for its appetite for experimentation. I met her at Lighthouse, Brighton’s “digital culture agency” to talk about her recent projects and why she makes the things […]

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Newspaper Club Sample

I’m hoping to publish a newspaper. So I ordered some samples from Newspaper Club, which arrived yesterday. One of the samples they send out is a test paper. It shows how different type sizes, image styles and ink densities will reproduce on newsprint. This is really useful stuff, and a great piece of marketing that […]

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How many uses are there for a shoe?

I’ve been spending some time over the new year reflecting on my work, and trying to develop ideas about how I package what I do (which is rather nebulous and difficult to describe). That calls for divergent thinking, amongst other techniques (e.g. needs analysis, prototyping and validation). So I read this blog post, Divergent thinking […]

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