hackCast Podcast

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The hackCast’s focus is making things of course but more importantly the motivation it takes to follow thru and complete projects.


Call 919-891-hack or 919-891-4235 and tell me a hacking story, your maker story or project idea.
hackCast, a podcast about makers, designers and innovators and would like to interview you over Skype or phone.
If you would be interested but don’t want to commit yet I’ll send you the question list.
I will def provide links to your website and art in multiple locations.
If not keep on making cool ass maker art and products.

amazing makers I plan to interview

  • Ty Hager | Trig Owner 
  • Derek Hugger | derekhugger.com (requested)
  • Bob Clagett | I Like to Make Stuff
  • Ally Kalifa
  • Vince Foote – Professor Emeritus College of Design (requested)
  • Bryan Laffitte | Associate Professor of Industrial Design
  • Mike Laut | Laut Design
  • Nick Rayburn | Kinetic Sculpture Artist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0GgxVNm2lE
  • Montie Rolland |Montie Design
  • Christopher Blasius
  • Stephen Kirk | Owner, Designer, Creator at Cryptic Woodworks
  • Tim Laursen Sun-Bird | Kinetic Art | Carpentry (requested)

Ty Hager | Trig | Business Owner |  Trig Innovations

Matt McDonnell | Metal Sculptor | Business Owner | McDonnell Studios 

Derek Hugger | Designer and Kinetic Sculpture Artist
Each of his kinetic sculptures, clocks, and machines aim to meticulously blend art with engineering.
Carefully crafted woodworking plans are available for purchase and download. http://www.derekhugger.com

Bob Clagett | Maker | I Like to Make Stuff
Whether it’s music, websites, software, furniture, vintage scooters or motorcycles—you name it. He is the father of two three four, husband of one and loves his life completely! He recently left the software industry to make stuff for a living and started I Like To Make Stuff.

Bryan Laffitte | Associate Professor of Industrial Design
Bryan Laffitte is an industrial designer, teaching courses involving drawing and modelmaking. He has published papers on the role of drawing in design, and the use of visualization in the team design process. In his professional practice, Laffitte is a conceptual designer for companies specializing in mechanical and robotic systems. Laffitte taught industrial design at Arizona State University from 1986 to 1987 and at Carnegie Mellon University from 1988 to 1993 before joining the faculty at NC State University. He has served as a regional education chair and treasurer for IDSA and has worked as a consultant for Bally Design and Agnew Moyer Smith in Pittsburgh, and Machina Design in San Francisco.

Nick Rayburn | Kinetic Sculpture Artist

Christopher Blasius | Designer and Maker
German Designer Christopher Blasius makes small wooden machines and then shares his designs online, including plans that can be purchased. Watch as he carefully cuts, glues, drills, sands, paints, and precison.
http://www.holzmechanik.de https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJ6VbAGP7A

Stephen Kirk | Designer and Maker
Stephen is Following a dream to make items that are intriguing, puzzling and unique. He creates unique handmade wood boxes and furniture featuring puzzles, locks, secrets and mechanisms. CrypticWoodworks specializes in creating items that invite the user to investigate their mysteries and use them. They make a variety of puzzle boxes and furniture with secret compartments, intricate mechanisms and other puzzle themed designs. –  “For many years I was a technology guy in the corporate world (specializing in data visualization/analytics) but I always had my own woodshop and a desire to make a living with it. Last summer I succumbed to the rounds of downsizing hitting so many companies. Taking this as a golden opportunity to start something new I began Cryptic Woodworks. I’ve always been intrigued by box and furniture pieces with puzzles, secrets and mechanisms built into them. Having been a long time gamer and fan of sic-fi/fantasy these types of objects are prevalent. Not only did I think it was possible to make such items, but I found that this was done in the past, it just went out of style (and almost no information as to how they made their pieces exists, unfortunately). So I set about designing my own products and incorporating puzzles and secrets into them. What shows up on the store is me diving deeper into the form, learning new techniques and designing more and more devious and clever items.”

Tim Laursen | Metal Designer and Maker |  Sun-Bird | Kinetic Art | Carpentry

Example Questions

Question 1 – How long have you designed and made things? 
Example Answer 1…when I was 8 years old I had glued together…
Question 2 – What is the main focus of your current business and what do you think makes your business successful?
Example Answer 2. …the people I have around me. I have excellent staff of secretaries and partners and …technology to keep up with the portfolios and how they are serving our clients. So, a combination of excellent people and technology is what makes our business successful…
Question 3. How does technology help your design process?
Example Answer 3. …we are tied into all the world markets technology helps through emails, communi- cations like conference calls, Internet and monitoring business environment…
Question 4. What technology has helped you the most for prototyping. 
Example Answer 4. …I would say 3d printers. I have been doing this for twenty-six years. Technology such as computers and software has allowed me to crank out quick designs.
Question 5. Technology is changing every day. Do you think that helps or hurts in your busi- ness?
Example Answer 5. …software is changing so quickly and so is the training out there …you have to bal- ance the benefits of the software and the training time that takes away time from the business …so there is a trade-off …the learning curve..
Question 6 – Is your business remote or do you have a brick and mortar location. How does that effect team productivity. 
Example Answer 6. …Being virtual It helps us. Without commuting my employees are able to respond quicker.  And …
Question 7 –  What do you use for remote meeting and creative discussions. 
Example Answer 7 . Google hangouts has been invaluable. The face to face.
Question 8 –  If you could invent one thing to help your design process what would it be?
Example Answer 8. …a better understand of the software programs and what they can do…
Question 9 –  If you could invent one thing to help your design process what would it be?
What is the single most habit or process that makes you finish and follow thru on creative projects.
Question 10 – Is there anything you wanted to mention today that we didn’t discuss. 
Example Answer 10. …computer technology brings so much to the table…you must be willing to learn and retrain…