Brendan Dawes is a designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials
Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work on brendandawes.com where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects.
Three of Brendan’s most famous pieces of work are born from his on-going love affair with cinema. The Webby nominated Psycho Studio, created in 1998, was one of the very first Flash video editors and allowed people to re-cut their own version of the infamous shower scene from Psycho. Saul Bass on the Web is an online homage to the father of film titles, the graphic design legend Saul Bass and has been featured in many books on interface design. Cinema Redux™ attempts to distill whole movies down to a single image using specially written software that samples a single frame of a movie every second. In 2008 – after appearing in the MoMA exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind – Cinema Redux was acquired by MoMA in New York for the permanent collection. It would later appear again at MoMA in the exhibition Action! Design over Time.
The ideas put forward in his 2006 book Analog In, Digital Out are still at the heart of Brendan’s output, including the creation of physical objects. The Happiness Machine– a small Internet connected printer that delivers random happy feelings from people across the web – captured people’s imagination and has been featured at the London Design Festival and in the Wired
store in New York as well as countless blogs including The Huffington Post, PSFK and Core77.
His love of physical as well as digital would lead him in 2010 to purchase a Makerbot 3D printer. Brendan’s blog – Everything I Make with my Makerbot, chronicles his adventures and experiments with this wonderful machine and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic and The Sunday Telegraph. Eventually this experimentation in 3D prototyping led to the creation of two commercial products; MoviePeg, a super-simple stand for the iPhone now sold in over seventy countries and Popa, a Kickstarted funded physical button for the iPhone.