For a long time I’ve been baffled by the invisible lines that are drawn by those in the business of art theory and criticism between different types of photography. And in particular the status of those types, the people who make them, and who gets to call themselves an ‘artist’.
One sheet zines
Another format idea – what’s the minimum viable zine? A single sheet of paper. This format has ben around for a long time; I saw it used most recently to promote the Looking for Spiders show at Brighton Photo Fringe. Austin Keon has a good write-up.
I was thinking about details as I walked the dog this morning, and reflecting on my zine project, especially the finishing of that project. It’s easy to get to 90% in a project. The last 10% is the hardest, and it’s all about details. The minor details of sequencing and layout; testing out different types…
Towards a mission
I spend far to long trying to figure out why I do what I do – or how to optimise what I do to create biggest impact. Here’s a brief interlude in that spirit – why am I picking up blogging again? OK, that’s all very fragmentary; let’s leave it to sit for a while.
One of the unexpected things I learned from Fab Academy was the importance and value of documentation. Fab Academy is assessed on documentation – not what you make, but how well you evidence what you’ve done, explain what you discovered, and describe the process of learning and solving problems. This is valuable not just for…
Fab Academy: Graduated!
Well, that was a blast. In mid-January, I quit my job, and started a new adventure at the University of Brighton fab lab: Fab Academy. I knew it would be interesting, challenging, and hard work; little did I know how much. Over the course of 5 months, I came to love walking down the corridors…
I was recently asked to write 3 pieces for Kickstarter about building values into maker-led businesses – for the kinds of people launching hardware products on their platform. These pieces follow on from a series of talks Kickstarter and Machines Room hosted in late 2017. The first, on Ethical Electronics, has just been published on the Kickstarter…
Episode 7 of the Hello Shenzhen series will be the last Looking Sideways episode for a little while. I have a couple of podcast ideas in development, and they’ll be shared here if and when they come to fruition. In the meantime, I’ve started a new weekly podcast called Unreliable Devices, which is tracking my progress…
Back to school
Big changes afoot in 2018 – I’m going back to school. I’m taking part in this year’s Fab Academy programme at the new Fablab at the University of Brighton. Fab Academy is a 5 month course that teaches students ‘how to make (almost) anything’ using the tools in a fablab.
Fake brands and free watches
This week in friction, Alexis Madrigal in The Atlantic, The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed. He investigates how his social media feeds have become populated with ads for clothes, one of which he takes a punt on, with disappointing results. The story isn’t why is the coat so bad, but how is this a business? And…