A nice bit about my talk at Createtech Brooklyn:
Making In The Margins:
The act of making comes from the merging of creativity and technology—it’s not about what is made, it’s about the act of making. Ryan Habbyshaw, Senior Design Lead at IDEO, shared that the key to foster creativity is to make something every day, work out in the open and share the work within the agency. Such sharing sparks conversations and leads to inspiration for future client work. Habbyshaw said that creativity is a reflex that needs to be conditioned. All you need is some time (and maybe some breakthrough technology) to do something cool and keep your brain engaged.
Bring your passions to work. Everyone likes good ideas and likes making fun stuff. Passion projects should not be isolated to the innovation lab. An open-door policy allows everyone in the agency to participate. You never know where the next great idea will come from; giving all employees a chance to share their passion and have it actually made is very inclusive and powerful.
It’s been a month or so since we bought, refurbished, and adjusted the press. All the work paid off! There is nothing better then letterpress printing.
After much trial and error with different materials we finally got a printable plate out of the laster cutter!
Here are some photos of our first successful run of coasters using an acrylic plate.
Greg and I Hooked up the American Spirit Eagle sidecar to my CB550 this weekend. The install took 4 hours and was worth every minute.
My girlfriend was given a few of these phone accessories to try out. I’m not to sure about the idea of a phone for your phone but hey… why not. I used it for about a week then took it apart to make something even better! A tin can phone for you phone!
1 – pinapple can
1 – 1/8th inch phone handset
(optional) Speaker/mic grill – I laser cut mine from acrylic but if your tricky you could probably use the can lid and a drill
I also used a little weather stripping around the grill to make a tight fit.
All you have to do is drill a hole in the back of the can for the wire and reconnect the guts of the phone.
position the mic and speaker so they are facing the opening in can and cover with the grill.
Boom you have a tin can phone for you phone.
The press is almost back together. We had to make a few parts to get it running.
Part 1: Spring stay – This steal square holds the roller springs in place.
Part 2. Feed board – Sadly the original feed board was too far gone so we cut a new one out of an old desk.
Now we’re just waiting on new rollers and trucks from NA Graphics in Colorado.
Kim and I finally decided on a press! We found an early model C&P Gorden at the Museum of Printing in North Andover Ma. We picked it up on Saturday and had it in at least 50 pieces by sunday afternoon. By the end of the day we had it primed and ready for a fresh coat of black.
Now and then I find some time to work on my motorcycle. It’s coming along one part at a time.
A few weeks ago I attended a class at MIT called Crafting Type and this is what I made. Over the weekend we went from hand sketches to a working .otf font. I was not able to finish all 26 characters but I did manage to make “hello”.
Yesterday was the Brand New IDEO make-a-thon. My submission was a wood block solution 49 squares of popler laid on their sides. In the final version the long grain formed the letters and the edge grain formed the squares. Looking forward to see where Michael and the rest of the Brand New IDEO team take things.
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