#8: Hiut Denim – The Missionary
David and Clare Hieatt founded Howies, then sold it. Now they’re trying to bring back the manufacture of jeans to Cardigan Bay (where 10,000s of pairs were made a week until the factory closed). DEVELOP3D is a team that swears by denim. Myself and Stephen have skinnies (he looks better in them), Mart’s still rocking the elasticated ones like a toddler. Tanya and Greg always just look fancy. Hiut’s might be over 100 quid a pair, but these are not your mass produced items, rather things of functional beauty. I’m still saving up.
David’s blog also worth a read whenever it’s updated. It’s inspirational. Without all that earnest “I’m-a-guru-seth-godin” bollocks.
#9: The Biblio-mat
The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small (thejuggernaut.ca) for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books, which vary widely in size and subject matter, cost two dollars. The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.
#10: Brad Peebler at DEVELOP3D Live
Some call him The President. Some call him Peebs. We just like Brad. He’s got movie star looks and runs Luxology, developers of Modo – which is perhaps the one system that’s broken into the design market this last year. Rendering, Animation, sub D modelling. Listen to why Brad thinks the CGI ad world and the design industry are on a collision course. In a good way. People queued up to meet him after his talk – man’s a legend.
#11: ShapeWays and the Culture of Creativity
2012. Year of the 3D printer. While there’s all manner of hype, hyperbole and frankly, bullshit around 3D printing , one place you should head to is the ShapeWays blog. It’s on my daily read list. “All you need is an idea and an Internet connection.” Damn straight.
#12: Living off the grid with John Coffer
Those that read my Out of Office messages while know I like disappearing into the wilds of the British Isles in my trusty and proper pykey old caravan for a bit of rest, relaxation and cooking over a fire whilst unsuitably inebriated. And frankly, I’d do it everyday, all day if I could. This man has. He’s living the dream. One day people. One day. Minus the cats.
#13: Magnus Walker – the Urban Outlaw
Take one Brit. Make him look like Rob Zombie and inject him with a love of Porsches. You can Magnus Walker. This video is amazing. The cars look incredible, Magnus waxes lyric about everything and anything. And his living space is stunning. Also. A shit tonne of fancy looking things on four wheels. It’s also got an intro with the voice of Whispering Bob Harris. Lovely jubbly.