Ideo Residency

All the way back in April I made this rather fun “concept” film about how blooming wonderful our hands are, and the absence of this wonder when using a phone.

The film was part of an application for the Ideo Fortnight residency. And low and behold the lovely folk of Ideo liked my ideas, and I was selected to be one of the Artist in residence in Ideo’s London office.

I was the fourth and final artist to be part of the studio last July (the other artists were Alan, Jacob, and Natsai). And although I loved every-designery-minute of the fortnight, it was incredibly challenging. Through the input of the studio, and (somewhat unfair?) pressure I put on myself, I achieved more that I thought would be possible in 2 weeks.

I spent 2 weeks working on some ideas gearing around storytelling, books, and embedded technology that I have been tinkering with for a few years now -some of which I presented at BV studio back in 2012. In the end I made a really lovely book that tells stories by connecting to a phone (or this this case a tablet), and we had a wrap party (which included lots of pizza, beer, and interactive edible music) to share the ideas we played with over the fortnight. There is loads of room for development and I am working on the next phase of this concept. More details and picture of the process can be found on the Fortnight micro site.


Testing and developing ideas with the wonderful and lively Ideo team.


Small prototypes of the pages

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The book unfolds like a paper theatre


Device in place and the pages trigger animations to tell the story.

All images by Alex Whiting


Moving to the UK

The summer is nearly over, and I have finally planted my little feet back in Bristol. Dave and I moved ourselves via various European destinations back to sometimes sunny sometimes rainy England.

I am sad to leave SF, but my summer has been so busy that I have been distracted* by what that actually feels like, and I am just starting to process the loss of a city we made home for 2 years. A lot happened in that time, and we both grew, in ourselves and in our work. And whist I try to process what it all means, I’ll try not to wax too emotional on you all and leave you this with picture of Dave and I, with our friend Justin, packing up our little Mission apartment. Very serious business.


*Posts about the summer “distractions” coming up!

Paper Switches

Series of paper switches I designed for the second part of the e-luminated paper circuits workshop at SFCB. I used the Silhouette to pre-cut paper samples that students could use in the workshop to learn about some of the possibilities.sampleThe sampler as constructed by one of the class participants
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Diagram of the circuit.

Bananas of the World Unite

The Banana sticker give away has now been declared officially over. Participation was fruitful, and prizes have been shipped smoothie. Congrapeulations to the prize winners!


Sophie, queen of vegetable puns, was quick off the mark with her enthusiasm:

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Natalie points out the truth of the matter.

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But my all time favorite has to go to my pops, a rare twitter appearance from him, but spectacular punformance!

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Stickers also send out to Cori, Ben, and Grant.

Banana Sticker Give Away!


I’ve been clearing out my hoards of decorative paper today and stumbled across these BANANA STICKERS! I made them a while ago, and not only are they bananas, but they also fit perfectly on your laptop to light up the magical bananas when you are at working hard at very serious things.

One of these banana stickers can be YOURS (yes you) because I am doing *a giant banana sticker give away*. To win simply RT and reply to this tweet with a fruit related pun (or joke…keep it clean people). I will send the best tweets a sticker -yes sent in the post by snail mail to anywhere in the wold. Offer ends on TUESDAY 7th July, so get fruity people, quick!


New Space

Earlier this year I found a new creative space in San Francisco. Yosemite Place has been a home to artist is San Francisco for years, it used to be a live-in artist space until a few years ago, and is not one of the few affordable creative building left in the city. I work in a maker lab, and as well as our workspaces we share a and a kitchen / living area and workshop.