Video is an art form, few would argue that point. Whether you’re into Die Hard or the collected works of Sophia Coppola, there’s something there for everyone. But if there’s been a trend that’s been a delight to watch develop over the last year, its’ the documentary movies about people that make things, that design things or just do things differently.
Here’s my top 13 from the last year (and yes, we’re pimping our own stuff too). First 7 today, the rest tomorrow. And it might take a while to load the page after the jump.
#1: Shinya Kimura – Chabott engineering
Motorcycles. Both Stephen and I are hankering after one. We both also like making stuff. But when you look at Shinya-san’s work, passion and the results, you realise some people like doing stuff, but some people are truly given a gift from god.
#2: Oak Street Bootmakers
We all need shoes. Most of them are mass produced and a bit crap. These are not and here’s why.
#3: Omcopter gives wings to the Red Epic
The Red camera is so expensive, it’s actually mental. So why not build a remote controller omnicopter to fly one around? Wicked engineering, wicked shots. Jealous.
#4: Adam’s Rib
I went on a stag weekend like no other. Instead of dubious activities in eastern european capital, we went to Snowdonia. While there I conquered my fear of enclosed spaces and heights. And I want a canoe/kayak/whatever. Might also have been reading Wind in the Willows and Swallows and Amazons too much. Boats are cool. And so is making them.
#5: Stanley the piano
It’s a piano that takes requests via twitter. What’s not to love about Stanley.
#6: Grow: A portable, professional, expandable CNC router system
CNC Router. Packs up into a couple of flight cases and is expandable. We loved this the minute we saw it.
#7: Mark Sanders at DEVELOP3D Live
In March last year, we invited 450 or so of our closest friends to come to Warwick and talk about design, design tools and generally have a nice day out. One of the team’s favourite talks was from the very tall, the very lovely and very Talented Mark Sanders. Mark’s enthusiasm is catching and addictive. He also designed the bike Mart was riding when accosted by Giles Brandreth on the BBC’s One Show earlier this year.