infovore + manufacturing   17

Five Myths of Indie Manufacturing
A nice talk from Adrian at Making It (which I was too ill to attend, annoyingly). In particular, good at covering the _middle_ of things: small-to-medium enterprise, small-to-medium-term companies, manufacturing between "China" or "hyperlocal".
manufacturing  making  adrianmcewen 
11 weeks ago by infovore
A Screw With a Smiley Face on the Head
The product is delightful - the screwdriver especially - but it's that wonderful video of a screw factory that's the real reason I link this.
manufacturing  screws  factories  videosofstuffbeingmade 
march 2014 by infovore
Aiming (much) higher than Hackspaces and FabLabs… « Funding Startups (& other impossibilities)
"Where you see gadget, I see process. Moreover, where you see prose, I see poetry: for the UK will continue to have no manufacturing all the while it has lost its collective sense of the poetry of production. The ignominious application of production line metaphors to (the actually very creative) industrial life has helped alienate people from the process of making: whereas Lean Manufacturing instead helps to reconnect workers with the project as a whole, by seeing waste as a thing that erodes value, and that corrodes the relationship between customer and producer by making it unnecessarily fragile and contingent." There's lots to recommend in this piece. I'm not sure I agree about software, even ignoring my vested interested and perspective, but there's so much else of value in here. I think this paragraph spoke most to me, though.
manufacturing  design  engineering  uk  poetry 
march 2012 by infovore
Boutiquiers « Matthew Sheret
"A nation, then, of agile operators, tailoring solutions to personal demand and producing the highest quality work possible. That’s a motivating image."
business  manufacturing  advertising  making  translation 
august 2011 by infovore
Grain & Gram — The New Gentlemans Journal / The Exchange / A Conversation With Roy Slaper
"Skateboarding, metal work, solitude, machining, precision, and practicality. That's where Roy began." Lovely interview with a chap who makes custom jeans, on his own, simply because he decided one day he wanted to - and then he got good at it. The photographs of his workshop at the end are lovely.
clothes  manufacturing  learning  jeans  process 
may 2011 by infovore
Ben Bashford - Notebook of Things
"These are clearly black market frankenproducts - made from a combination of surplus mobile phone components and car alarm key rings. I wonder how much they actually cost to manufacture. I wonder if the bits are stolen." Ben Bashford on the magic of Shanzai. And, of course, when a video camera is eight pounds, it's no longer precious, and you start doing weird things with it: Youtube is full of examples.
shanzai  cameras  china  manufacturing  product 
february 2011 by infovore
The Online Photographer: Quote o' the Day
"The move during the past 10 years or so has been from cameras being precision mechanical devices to molded polycarbonate containers for electronic components. This has meant a lowering of overall physical quality. What one gets in terms of features, functions and image quality is higher than ever before, but the satisfaction of owning and using a high quality mechanical and optical device has for the most part evaporated. Only the top models within any brand produce a tactile satisfaction and please one's esthetic sense." The quotation is from Michael Reichmann; the discussion that follows is as thoughtful as usual from TOP's readers.
quality  manufacturing  photography  cameras  satisfaction  enjoyment 
july 2010 by infovore
Conflict Minerals and Blood Tech — The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century
"The Enough Project says that auditing component supply chains at the smelters to see whether the metal was sources from “clean” places like Australia or Canada instead of lining the pockets of Congolese warlords would add about one cent to the price of a cellphone, and that this figure originates from within the industry. I’d happily pay a thousand times that for each of my devices – a mere ten bucks – to ensure that I wasn’t bankrolling rape and murder." Depressing, and a very, very good point. It doesn't make me any surer of what to do, sadly.
conflict  technology  manufacturing  congo  activism 
july 2010 by infovore
The Impossible Project
"We aim to re-start production of analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010. We have acquired Polaroid's old equipment, factory and seek your support." They're serious. Wow.
photography  film  manufacturing  project  polaroid 
january 2009 by infovore
Howies' Hand Me Down Bag
"We will both have to take responsibility for our consumption. A product that keeps working for longer uses less-resources in the end. The key ingredient to all this is quality. To make something well, you know, the best you can do. To go the extra mile that it takes to do that. Every stitch, every zip, every little feature considered. The weakest points made strong. Then, and only then, have we made something that will last the test of time. Guaranteed for a minimum 10 years. Each product will come with a hand me down contract. You will sign who you want to leave the product to. This is legally binding."
sustainability  manufacturing  consumption  design  product  handmedown  howies 
november 2008 by infovore
The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products
"ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors ("Buddy's Bug Hunt/1935") to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman outfits, ACME has set the standard for excellence. For the first time ever, information and pictures of all ACME products, specialty divisions, and services featured in Warner Bros. cartoons (made by the original studio from 1935 to 1964) are gathered here, in one convenient catalog."
acme  manufacturing  cartoons  reference  products  tv 
november 2008 by infovore
Apple - MacBook
Fascinating to see such emphasis on the manufacturing process, accompanied with wonderful footage of factories that takes me straight back to the documentary sections in Playschool and Sesame Street. The milling sequence is beautiful. (The product isn't bad, either, but I'm mainly interested in raising awareness of mass-production in an age of coming scarcity).
manufacturing  factory  apple  video  notebook  macbook  aluminium  milling 
october 2008 by infovore
I would buy an Apple netbook (Scripting News)
"Imagine if Apple had decided to make a MacBook that was priced like an iPod. That's what Asus is doing."
apple  asus  eeepc  netbook  manufacturing  massproduction 
october 2008 by infovore
Photo Essay: The Denim Factory - David Friedman Photography: Blog
"I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already. Then I saw just how much work goes into distressing jeans, and I realized that these people are artists."
jeans  fashion  denim  manufacturing  clothing  distressing  wear  making 
october 2008 by infovore
Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft’s video game console woes » VentureBeat
"One thing is clear. Microsoft has to move beyond its mentality of being a software company that can launch fast and fix later. With global markets and global launches, the consequences of such a cavalier approach to hardware quality can start to pile up." Detailed, long article from Dean Takahashi on the myriad problems with the 360 hardware, and how Microsoft responded.
xbox360  xbox  microsoft  games  manufacturing  hardware  massproduction 
september 2008 by infovore
bunnie’s blog » Made in China
Bunnie Huang's experiences on mass-producing a product (Chumby) in China. Lots of video, lots of great insights into what modern manufacturing looks like.
china  production  manufacturing  massproduction 
july 2007 by infovore

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