Looking Sideways Episode 3 — Brendan Dawes
For Episode 3, I interviewed the designer and maker Brendan Dawes. Brendan’s known for early interactive web projects like Psycho Studio, that allows users to remix Hitchcock’s famous shower scene themselves. He’s also known for his physical projects, such as the Moviepeg and Popa phone accessories, and devices that cross the digital/physical divide, such as the Happiness machine, an internet-connected printer that prints random happy thoughts from people across the web.
We talk about making digital stuff tangible, design, art and simplicity, remixes and supercuts, and how makers can get their work out into the world for people to see.
I’ve written up some of the podcast on the blog. You can hear the full interview here.
Links for this episode
- Programming languages: Processing and Squirrel
- Project: FIDO (Frugal Internet Data Object)
- Armin Hofmann: Graphic Design Manual (secondhand)
- Project: Psycho Studio
- Project: Cinema Redux (and original Guardian article, and MoMA exhibition)
- Vitamin Beat, Brendan’s one-time musical alter ego
- Coldcut and Steinski
- Everything is a Remix
- Supercuts, in particular Three point landing and Let’s enhance (and my favourite scene from Blade Runner), and Just the breathing
- Project: Popa
- Project: EE – Digital city portraits
- Brendan on Twitter and Instagram