I was recently asked to write 3 pieces for Kickstarter about building values into maker-led businesses – for the kinds of people launching hardware products on their platform. These pieces follow on from a series of talks Kickstarter and Machines Room hosted in late 2017. The first, on Ethical Electronics, has just been published on the Kickstarter…
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…
Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: the Sugru factory tour
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
Seb Lee-Delisle, the accidental programmer
Photo by Stefan Nitzsche This interview was originally published on Makezine.com The last 12 months have been a busy time for Seb Lee-Delisle. With a buzzing schedule of speaking, creative coding workshops, exhibitions and public events, it looks like this is the year he’s found his feet as a digital artist.