Dynamicland: physical computing in shared space
I wrote a couple of days ago about how I’d like to see more making activity out ‘in the real world’ By which I meant, moving beyond the typical makerspace communities. In the same post, I also mentioned thinking with our hands, and in particular, “how can we use handwork to help people explore or…
Looking forward to 2018
I’m going to put a few stakes in the ground about interesting things I’d like to work on in 2018, by reflecting on the year just gone.
Making the network work
Back in February I was asked to contribute an article to a forthcoming publication documenting the life so far of the Maker Library Network, … a British Council project that connects designers and makers around the world. It facilitates knowledge and skills exchange amongst professionals and encourages public engagement with making. A Maker Library combines three elements…
Two weak signals in one day means something worth noting on the blog: Firstly, this in the Maker Pro newsletter: “And if you can’t win by coloring inside the lines, check out this profile of a pseudonymous hustler who identifies up-and-coming crowdfunding campaigns — and then does whatever it takes to beat them to market. We’ve discussed this moral…
Making trends, past and future
I spent some time in earlier this year trying to sketch some sort of Venn diagram of my interests with larger trends: within the realm of things that interest me, what the issues that have urgency, which directions are we moving in, what are the forces that I should engage with? This was in large part to…
Body Augmentation and Prosthetics at Make Shift
I was lucky enough to be invited to chair a panel at the Craft Council’s innovation conference, Make Shift, which took place this November at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. We had a very small amount of time to cover a huge amount of ground with three smart and interesting guests. So…
Who is the digital revolution for?
The University of Sussex’s SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) are running this event as part of Brighton Digital Festival: Who is the Digital Revolution For?: How can we re-discover our sense of enchantment with digital technology? For many of us, digital technologies have been revolutionary. Yet at the same time, some feel disenchanted with the…
Talking at Make:Shift
I’ll be taking part in this year’s Crafts Council biennial Make:Shift Innovation Conference. I went to the 2014 event at Ravensbourne in London, which was one of the best conferences I’d ever been to, with inspiring talks, a lively atmosphere, and the sense that you could say hello to anyone there, and be sure to have just…
Is all technology authoritarian?
The Terminator franchise draws from a deep well of mythology – preying on our fears that humans will be crushed by the technology that we ourselves create. The horrible inevitability of our fate makes it a compelling story. There is a converse myth: that through ever-advancing technological progress, rational man (and we can go down…
Does digital fabrication technology lower the barriers to making?
(Note: this is part of a series of half-formed thoughts. The usual caveats apply.) The question is left intentionally generic. In practice, the sentiment takes many more specific forms, often unstated, or expressed as a sense of optimism, rather than explicit arguments. Nevertheless, I have talked with many people who are either proponents of digital…