Makers, come together
For several years now, I’ve been turning over the idea of a gathering of makers. Not a Maker Faire, that aims to bring new people into the fold, but a coming together of people who are already makers, or who are interested in making as a practice, a progressive movement; an energy that demands critical…
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…
Chris Thorpe: 3D printing the industrial revolution
The mainstream news media is awash with speculation that 3D printing is bringing about a second industrial revolution. Whether this is true or not, nowhere is the comparison more apt than with The Flexiscale Company, a small UK startup making 3D models of the great steam engines of the first industrial revolution.
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…
Brendan Dawes: sharing your work
This week, I interviewed the designer and maker Brendan Dawes for my podcast, Looking Sideways. I wrote up some of the interview here.
My talk at Create Brighton
Last night I spoke at Create Brighton, an event about social innovation and workplace culture (but no relation to Create, Brighton Mini Maker Faire sponsors). I talked about maker culture, and some of the things that makers do that we can apply more broadly in our lives, particularly in enterprise and in business culture.
2 — Jude Pullen
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…
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…
A conversation with Natalia Buckley
Photo by Roberta Mataityte Natalia Buckley is a hacker, designer, and creative technologist. She’s originally from Poland and now lives in Brighton on England’s south coast, a city famed for its appetite for experimentation. I met her at Lighthouse, Brighton’s “digital culture agency” to talk about her recent projects and why she makes the things…
Union event: User makers and distributed production
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been helping Duncan Wilson (Arup), and Roland Harwood (100%Open), put together an evening of pitches, inspiration and networking called Union. The theme was “User makers and distributed production”. A subject that’s difficult to encapsulate neatly, but certainly covers areas like: Open source hardware (that can be hacked and…