Looking Sideways Episode 5 — Ivan Pope

I met up with Ivan Pope at his new makespace, Fabrivan, tucked away behind London Road, a low-rent shopping street on the edges of Brighton city centre. Fabrivan is Ivan’s latest experiment in future technology – a makespace designed to be accessible and welcoming, and to support experimentation. We spoke about making makespaces accessible, developing business models, and the importance of diving into things before you’re ready.

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Inventing the future at Lighthouse

I’m very excited to be starting a new job this week at Lighthouse, the international digital arts agency based – fortunately for me – in Brighton.

I’ll be working as a creative producer, across the programme, but particularly on a new interdisciplinary studio we’ll be launching in 2014. We’ll be working from Alan Kay’s maxim, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

I can’t say much more than that now, because it’s still early days. However, I will be reaching out to a lot of people over the next few months, so if you’re working on something interesting in the arts/tech/design worlds, get in touch, and we’ll have a coffee. You can reach me on Twitter, but also now on andrew {at} lighthouse dot org dot uk.

Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: the Sugru factory tour

Jane ni Dhulchaointigh

Sugru, the self-setting rubber that can be used to hack, mod or fix almost anything, can be found in many a maker’s toolbox. Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, who invented it, is well-known to makers in the UK and further afield. The story she tells of Sugru’s development over the last 10 years is an inspiring one of struggle and perseverance. So when she offered me a tour of their factory in Hackney, I jumped at the chance to find out more about how it’s made, and where it came from. Continue reading “Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: the Sugru factory tour”

Fixperts: fixing is a way of thinking

At the root of making is fixing. Identifying a problem, a need, or something that could be done better, and then making something to fix it. Sometimes the problem is, this robot needs more lasers, or, cupcakes would be way more fun if you could actually sit inside them and drive around. But often it’s just something that doesn’t work quite right for you or someone around you.

James Carrigan and Daniel Charny are behind a new project called Fixperts, that aims to connect up fixers, film-makers and people with a problem to solve. Continue reading “Fixperts: fixing is a way of thinking”

Looking Sideways Episode 4 — Chris Thorpe

In episode 4, I caught up with Chris Thorpe from Flexiscale, a small UK startup making 3D models of the great steam engines of the first industrial revolution. He filled me in on how they’re testing new ways of manufacturing, how they laser scan an entire locomotive, and what we can learn from the Victorians about making, modifying and improving the stuff around us. Continue reading “Looking Sideways Episode 4 — Chris Thorpe”