Experimenting with Instructables and Make Projects
I’ve started posting more pieces about projects I’m working on to this site. If I’m going to spend a weekend or longer figuring out how to do something, I figure it’s worth sharing what I’ve learned with others. You can find this stuff under /projects. One of the first things I’ve shared is a set…
I went to see the wonderful Sarah Angliss at the (equally wonderful) Catalyst Club on Wednesday. She started her talk with an observation about the expression ‘digital natives’. Paraphrasing : this expression has come into popular use over the last 5 years to denote a new generation of young people who have never known anything…
Maker Faire UK
I’ve been back from Maker Faire in Newcastle for a couple of days now. My brain is just about back to normal. Maker Faire is an exhibition, (un)conference, and general get-together of people who are interested in making stuff: craft, DIY, hackable electronics and software, art projects, science projects, robots, knitting and everything in between.
Bike stunts and the reframing power of stories
I love watching stunt clips on YouTube. I couldn’t pull a stunt on a skateboard or bike to save my life, but they’re such joyful things to watch, I don’t care.
Open Data Brighton and Hove
I went along to the first meet-up for Open Data Brighton and Hove last night. It was a stimulating evening with a room full of smart and knowledgable people, and a great opportunity for me to learn, as I am neither a geek, nor an open data expert. Right now, there’s no website, so if…
Rekindling local production
Two more examples of a newly revitalised spirit in manufacturing. (Further to my earlier post, Is the manufacturing industry ripe for a renaissance?
Lessons from Maker culture
What can we learn from craft activity and maker culture about doing things for ourselves? How can these approaches help us grow out of our ‘infantile’ consumer culture?
Consume less stuff (but please keep buying ours)
As more brands start to consider the sustainable consumption problem, it’s interesting to see how they negotiate this perennial dilemma: a sustainable future is one in which we consume less, but most brands’ business models are built on us consuming more — or at least more of their products.
More on brands and desire
I wrote recently about the nature of desire in brand design. The tendency for brands to fall back on the stimulation of desire (for novelty, more power, bolstering of self-image) is fundamentally at odds with a sustainable approach to business. But that tendency is so fundamental to the way brands currently work; it’s critical that…