Analogue is the new Black (Digital) – DbnDDay Keynote presentation @5tevegray

I had the privilege of participating in the Durban Digital Day #DbnDDay yesterday. 300ish of Durban’s leading social media peeps came out to learn.

the crowd - 300ish?
#DbnDDay crowd

My big idea was about unlocking the latent bandwidth in the analogue space, and some ideas on how technology and analogue can make the world a better place. I wore an electronic ticker under my shirt which the people in the front row appreicated, and someone called me RoboHipster… which might stick. Enjoy.

@5tevegray talking the talk


Here’s the Prezi FYI. #5tevegray #DbnDDay

3D Scanning for everyone


affordable 3D scanning
affordable 3D scanning

First up: Kickstarter is a cool platform (check it out if you haven’t before).

3D scanning is the missing piece in the “new industrial revolution” driven by 3D printing. Occipital has just set the benchmark, coming in at just over 15% of the cost of the makerbot 3D scanner.

You see it is all very well to be able to print anything, but you have to model that anything first. That takes hours and years of skill, and leaves most of us on the sidelines, scouring thingiverse for something to print. But now, plug in your ipad and you have your very own 3D scanner. So scan whatever you want to print, maybe 10 minutes of tweaking and print. I know what i want for Christmas

The need to Make

“…there is something very novel and thrilling to me, to build with wood and stone… I can’t recreate that sense of pleasure online.”

I just watched a documentary called “the Startup kids”, which gives a brief overview of young entrepreneurs who have succeeded (and failed) online. They say the same thing all entrepreneurs say: “Just do it.”, “Be willing to loose everything”, “Change the world”, “Expect to fail at least once”.

Encouraging and daunting at the same time. But one entrepreneur said something that really resonated with theMakerSpace dream:

“My entire career has been spent online pushing pixels around, and there is something very novel and thrilling to me, to build with wood and stone, with my friends. To iterate with these materials, to make physical things we can use… I can’t recreate that sense of pleasure online. I can’t explain it, i don’t think it’s permanent, it’s just right now this is where i’m most inspired.”

Zach Klein – The Startup Kids documentary
Zach Klein started and vimeo. Now he builds cabins in the woods and works a 3 day week in NY. I’m convinced that the more time we spend immersed in this digital life, the more our soul,mind and body cry out for an authentic tactile experience. Doesn’t it ring true to you, that after a hard week of email, ipad, facebook, excel and admin you crave a physical outcome to your work? I think it must be even more relevant for Graphic designers, who seldom get to see the physical outcome of their digital creations.
That is what is so exciting about the maker movement, it’s like our digital culture has been pulling us deeper and deeper into a catapult and when it’s unleashed there will be an explosion of creativity manifesting in a physical form!
make something
make something
Make something!
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Make a leather wallet

Open your wallet, it’s time to make – with style.

Join theMakerSpace and Savior Brand Co for this special leather craft course

Register here while there is still space

Join us on thursday 26th of Sept, 7pm

Max and the Leather guru’s from Savior Brand Co. will be working with us on their most popular product: the slimline leather wallet. It retails for R300 and you get it for free as part of the course.
This has been our most anticipated class, and it will inevitably sell out soon after this email has been sent out, so you may not want to delay.

Click here to register for the course.


You are going to learn leather craft techniques and then use them to make your own leather wallet, together with other cool people, whilst drinking quality cappuccino’s. Get to Salt Rock by 6:45 as we will start by 7pm sharp!

About Savior Brand Co:

Born out of a love of doing things the old fashioned way. In our instant culture of 5 minute ab workouts, 2min noodles and the 1 minute manager it’s refreshing to find a business that focuses on crafting things that take time. Savior Brand wanted to create an environment where good design, superior quality and pride in your work actually matter. For them, workmanship is critical and every tiny stitch detail and pattern is pored over with meticulous care. Products are hand-stitched, the old fashioned way. They make things that they love, and steve I bet you will love them too. They make things to last, just like the old days.
They are passionate about helping young adults re-discover and fulfil their dreams & to help them change their life circumstance along the way – a significant portion of our profits feed into their SMLV+18 program..
Register Now


The facebook event will be listed as “Umhlali Preparitory school” because it should pick up on everyones GPS, but its actually across the road from the school at the isigns/impressive signs offices (see attached link)

The course costs R300 and includes the wallet you make.


EFT R150 deposit
FNB Cheque

branch no 250655



Make something soon,


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