Top Interviews, Thoughts & Opinions on the Future of DIY Design

Best of the Blog 2010 — interviews; thoughts + opinions

For our first annual Best of the Blog series, we’ve featured digitally fabricated design eye-candy, awesome materials to spark your creativity, resources like tools, apps, and tutorials, and a lot more.

To close out our 2010 Best of the Blog, here is a round-up of the top interviews, thoughts and opinions on the future of DIY design.

This top ten list provides you with an overview of the rapidly changing landscape of people and their relationship to products.

It also touches on the big debates going on in the maker community: Do digitally fabricated goods deserve to be called “handmade”? And is it true that one day every home will have a desktop 3D printer?

And finally, a look at what the future of making holds beyond the 3D printing craze.


Top Ten Projects + Maker Stories

Best of the Blog 2010 – Projects + Maker Stories

Some of our favorite articles around here are the maker stories. We love to learn about all the amazing and surprising things people do with Ponoko. These stories are about the challenges makers face along the way and their eventual successes.

If you need some encouragement after something went wrong with a project or if you just want to read about some of the things other people are making, keep reading for ten of the best maker stories.

Ten Helpful Tutorials and Guides

Best of the Blog 2010 – Tutorials and Making Help

In addition to the ten fantastic guides that are featured in the Ponoko Blog sidebar, today we’ve gathered for you a collection of ten more helpful guides and tutorials from the archives.

Read on for some simple advice for beginners (that may be a welcome reminder for more seasoned makers) through to a complete analysis of turning making into a business, with a few surprises in between.   (more…)

Ten Super Cool Materials for Creative Design

Best of the Blog 2010 — materials

While our minds may be jumping around the virtual playground, our bodies ultimately engage with objects through their physical materiality.

Materials are the original user interface, and sometimes all it takes to create a successful design is the use of a compelling material.

Here’s a look at ten super cool materials guaranteed to result in design creativity.


Top Ten Tools and Apps

Best of the Blog 2010 – Tools + Apps

The right tool can make extremely difficult tasks amazingly easy. Sometimes they even help you do things that would otherwise be impossible. Here are ten of our favorite articles about tools, both physical and digital.

Ten Best Articles On Mass Customization

Best of the Blog 2010 — Mass Customization

For some, product subversion is a welcome challenge, while others want to be more considered in the way that they consume. Then we have the digital manufacturing technologies, where individuals are now able to drive the democratization of manufacturing.

New paradigms are created as people customize not only to fulfil their own needs but also to create niche markets. What we see emerging today is only the beginning of an exciting approach to shaping the products that shape our lives.

So whether it’s laser cutting, 3d printing, textiles or the thinking behind it all that gets you excited… read on to discover highlights from our mass customization category.


Ten Amazing Works Of Art

Best of the Blog 2010 — Art

From the beautiful to the bizarre, the intriguing and inspiring artworks that feature on our blog continue to challenge conventions and remind us how important it is to step back and see the world a little differently.

Enjoy this selection of ten memorable works from our Art category.


Ten Best Articles on the Future of Fashion, Fabric, and Adornment

Best of the Blog 2010 — fashion + textiles & jewelry

There are two big reasons why digital fabrication and mass-customization are on the rise and here to stay:

#1 People want to reclaim making. They want to have a hand in the products that populate their lives.

#2 People want products that are tailored to their individuality. One size does not fit all.

While fashion and adornment may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to a manufacturing revolution, there is no other industry with a longer history of self-making or quite the same need for absolute customization.

This top ten counts down the best examples of what the future holds for the fields of fashion, textiles, and jewelry.


Ten Best Articles on Open Source and Downloadable

Best of the Blog 2010 – Open Source and Downloadable

If you’ve been paying any attention to technology news, and I do mean any attention at all, you know that open source is kind of a big deal these days. Some projects are well-known by the public, such as Firefox and Linux, and others are only known within the maker community, such as Processing and Arduino. But all of them were developed by communities, not corporations. Welcome to maker paradise!

Here’s our list of the best articles from the Open Source and Downloadable categories.

Ten Awesome DIY & Digitally Fabricated Toys

Best of the Blog 2010 — Toys

It’s playtime!

There is often a playful element to the way that DIY makers push the boundaries of both traditional and emerging technologies. Sometimes the designs are toys in their own right, while others may reference toys from popular culture. Either way, you can be sure that there is fun to be had both for the kids and for those who might be taking a little longer to ‘grow up’.

Take a look at our top ten from the Toy bin.