Making a zine about making stuff

Update, October 2013: Hot Glue is out. Check the write-up here.

As part of the broader activity around Brighton Mini Maker Faire, we are producing a magazine for visitors to take home with project guides and inspiration to help them along the maker path.

I’ve written about the project on the Brighton Mini Maker Faire blog, but here, I wanted to share more about where the idea came from, and some creative inspiration. Continue reading “Making a zine about making stuff”

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. Continue reading “Looking Sideways Episode 3 — Brendan Dawes”

Looking Sideways Episode 2 — Jude Pullen

And so we come to episode 2 of the podcast. Two episodes. That makes it officially a thing.

On this episode, I talk with Jude Pullen, a product design engineer, and also the creator of the Design Modelling website, a series of tutorials, techniques and project ideas for working with low cost prototyping materials, mostly cardboard. Jude also runs live workshops where he shows people how to make models to express and share ideas. Continue reading “Looking Sideways Episode 2 — Jude Pullen”

Fab Lab Manchester

On a recent visit to Manchester to attend the Future Everything summit, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the UK’s first fab lab, housed in a striking, slab-like building in the waterside district of one of Britain’s great industrial cities.

I spoke to Eddie Kirkby (of the Manufacturing Institute) and Haydn Insley (fab lab manager) to find out how the fab lab movement is spreading into the UK. Continue reading “Fab Lab Manchester”

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: Making the Good Night Lamp

In March last year, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino registered a new limited company in London, and booked a booth at CES, the consumer electronics trade show, taking place 10 months later. She had no team, and only a dated prototype product that she had designed back in 2005.

“I thought what’s the biggest kick in the ass that I can possibly give myself? And that’s paying £8,000 for a booth in Las Vegas.” Continue reading “Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: Making the Good Night Lamp”