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”

Experimenting with video

I’ve been inspired by several recent conversations and discoveries to experiment with making films.

I had a conversation with John Willshire about Vine, and how the spread of 4G connectivity is enabling video as a frictionless medium for sharing ideas and content over the network. Much as domestic broadband and 3G enabled the photo and music sharing that we now take for granted. John is playing with video as a format for doing book reviews, amongst other things. Continue reading “Experimenting with video”

Future Everything 2013

Last week I went to the Future Everything summit in Manchester.

The scope of the summit was vast, and I can’t do justice to the whole event, but there was one theme I found particularly interesting. And that was how digital technology is changing the landscape for artists, cultural institutions, audiences and funders of creative work. There are new threats and opportunities unfolding, as new entrants appear in all these groups. Brands are sponsoring new work, digital platforms are stepping in as new intermediaries between artists and audiences, and new artists and makers are emerging, enabled by accessible digital technologies and the communities that form around them. Continue reading “Future Everything 2013”

Alice Taylor: Inventing the Future of Toys

This interview was originally published on Makezine.com

One small tangent that didn’t make the cut, but which I’m personally interested in: We were talking about moving towards a mainstream market, and the scaling up of production that demands. I was curious how that would work with the outfits, which aren’t made by machine. We digressed into a small discussion about the education sytem and secondary markets.

Take me to the tangent >

Alice Taylor is CEO of Makielab, a London-based startup that 3D prints customised action dolls called Makies. Customers design their doll on the Makie website, choosing facial features, hairstyles, eye and skin colour, and selecting outfits and accessories. The dolls – fully-poseable, and about 10 inches tall are then printed in London and shipped out. For the Makie and Alice, that’s the beginning of a long adventure.

I spoke to Alice about the adventure that she and Makielab have been on, playing with toys, working with geeks, and bringing 3D printing to the masses.

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