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Talk given at Made North in Liverpool on February 21st 2012. ...

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Make little, Make often: ideas for the future of UK manufacturing Make little, Make often: ideas for the future of UK manufacturing Presentation Transcript

  • Make little,Make often.Ideas for the future of UK manufacturingAlexandra Deschamps-Sonsinoalex@designswarm.com@iotwatch
  • The nostalgia of making. Gustave Caillebotte
  • The nostalgia of industrialisation? Photo by Lewis Hine
  • Making isa.  The act of one that makes.b. The process of coming into beingc.  The means of gaining success or realizing potentiald. The abilities or qualities needed for development.
  • The realities of making now. Photo by Matt Biddulph
  • For half of makers (50%), craft was a secondcareer.88% of makers are sole traders.
  • Net profits remain modest and a significantminority of makers feel they lack the generalbusiness skills they need to grow, especially inmarketing.Craft sales remain locally focused, with limitedexports.
  • Makers reported moderate declines in their mainselling channels, especially gallery and exhibitionssales, and a shift towards online sales, though thesewere still relatively small.Around 30% of makers were selling through theirown website, but only 3% were selling throughsocial media.
  • !"#$%&(
  • The other reality of making now. DOesLiverpool studio
  • Making powered by curiosity.
  • RepRap
  • Makerbots
  • Bre Pettris & Makerbot thing
  • From 1 to 100.(If you don’t want to quit your day job)
  • From 1 to 10 000.(If you want to quit your day jobtomorrow.)
  • There are plenty of opportunitiesfor manufacturing if itaccepts it needs to change.
  • From 1 to 1 000?(If you want to build a sustainablebusiness)
  • FRSTEEA snowman based on your Twitter data.
  • InitionRapid prototyping 0.1miles away.
  • Projects that could be made &funded here.
  • MakielabRapid prototyped dolls based on a virtual world.
  • BubblinoA bubble machine that listens to Twitter.
  • MollyA little robot that gives you sweets when you RT.
  • Little PrinterA little…printer.
  • BakertweetLets bakers tell the web what they’ve just baked.
  • Good Night LampFamily of connected lamps.
  • Making in the UK should meana.  Helping businesses digitise their servicesb. Helping businesses sell onlinec.  Encouraging local platforms (Folksy)d. Using the UK as a step to Chinae. Enable new makers to meet manufacturers
  • Making in the UK should meanf.  We need to rethink academia / training for makers.g.  We need to leverage our creative industriesj.  We need to rethink how we engage with digital products & platforms.
  • Thank youAlexandra Deschamps-Sonsinoalex@designswarm.com@iotwatch