BBC Two: Big Life Fix – Sheep Rustling

Deterring Sheep Rustlers With Smartphones and Security Ink Thousands of sheep are stolen every year in the UK, at a cost of millions to the industry. Trying to prevent theft is seemingly impossible, as an average farm can easily total

BBC Two: Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve

Hosted by Simon Reeve, Big Life Fix sees a collective of builders, designers, engineers and computer geeks aim to use science to change the lives of British people who have problems that are either too specific, bespoke, or too expensive

Electrical Power Hacking for Developing Countries


Practical Action is a charity working to increase people’s access to energy through low-cost ‘off-grid’ electricity supplies. DesignSpark bought together 15 engineers to explore news ways of delivering electricity and optimising the use of it. They called it Power Hack!   I was

To Infinity and Beyond!


Making a £10 Correx SpacePod. This is a picture of a Superman Figurine being ejected from a SpacePod in Space! The project was for Mattel Toys to put Superman up to the edge of space, similar to that done by

Modeller’s Delight: Under Desk Tool Drawer


Made from recycled kitchen cabinet runners, this draw for tools in not only slim, but can also be easily reconfigured, as it has interchangeable sections, to evolve with your modelling requirements. Aside from appealing to the obsessive-compulsive in many designers,

2 Articles Featured in Makezine!


Although some return visitors to this site may be familiar with the Ergo Mouse Project, this was not only on the front cover of Make: online, but also in the printed version of the Magazine, Issue 38 (March 2014). However,

Cardboard BoomBox with Bare Conductive’s new Touch Board


To celebrate the launch of my good friends at Bare Conductive’s new Touch Board launching on Kickstarter – I helped create a working BoomBox out of cardboard!     Firstly, this was a great way to show how a 2D sketch could

Podcast on Engineer Vs Designer


Interviewed by Josh and Adam from Engineer Vs Designer. As you might expect this is exactly the kind of place I enjoy being – between the brutal engineering reality and the fluffy designerly dreaming… Check out previous episodes which range



HowDo  is a fantastic Application that allows you to capture the key steps of a process you are working on or have created. It does this by allowing you to take a quick image and then record your voice afterwards

Design Modelling Podcast


Featured on Looking Sideways Podcast, created by Andrew Sleigh. It was a lot of fun and the interview covers a whole range of topics about stuff you may have seen on my website and workshops – but also goes into

Design Modelling Workshop – Video


Featured by Sugru – “Meet the Sugru Fixers”. Filmed on 26th Jan 2013, in London. To find out more about this Workshop, click here.    



This was my second Make-A-Thon in IDEO, London. This is a great opportunity to explore new concepts and try out new technologies. Always with an eclectic bunch and never a dull moment. “Team Zen” were assigned the brief to explore

Full-day design modelling workshop back by popular demand…


Following November’s Design Modelling workshop at Geeklates, London, a new full-day workshop has been created for design professionals and serious enthusiasts. Beginning in card, the workshop will explore a range of modelling techniques and then progress into other materials such

New Adventures in Sugru: Branding, Needle Files and Silicone Paintbrushes


Sugru is fantastic stuff, as mentioned in an earlier blog, it can be used to model forms by hand and is ready in less than 24 hours. Here is a few enhancements to my workshop I made just this morning. I

Dyson Ball Challenge 2012 – Winner of Most Ambitious Design Award

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Not wanting to go for the simple (but in hindsight, very effective) direct-drive for a ball, we opted to create a ‘Mechanical Hamster’ and put it inside the transparent ball. This involved using two ‘omni wheels‘- one to power forwards


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It’s not often you get to see UX Designers from Google, BBC’s Mad Scientists, Game Developers, Arduino Hackers and more, all under one roof for a night of geekery – fuelled on gourmet coffee good enough for Harvey Keitel. Not

Featured in the Dawesome Digest!

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I met Brendan at IDEO’s Make-A-Thon. I was impressed he didn’t run a mile when I explained that I had a collection of kitchen knives and spent a lot of time pondering the best ergonomics of each, since I worked

Travis Baldwin


NASA’s Space Architecture (from Cardboard)     It’s often said that designing something unfamiliar to you brings out great insights: On 26th September 2012, at Dyson, UK, Travis Baldwin shared an incredible journey of the technicalities of Space Architecture, but

Sugru Founder: Jane ni Dhulchaointigh


At Dyson’s Hacknight, (Double-bill with Brendan Dawes) Imagine if you could have all of the great properties of silicone (heat resistance, durability, waterproofness, stick to anything) but with the malleability/workability of Plasticine – well, this is where Sugru comes in.