Makers 2013

Creating Type

Philip Thompson is a design & artist. Living in the North East of Scotland. Having studied Graphic Design & worked in industry for over 10 years, he then went on to study an MFA at Gray’s School of Art, exploring his creative practice through design & fine art. Communication, informa- tion & opinions form the core of his research & work. In 2009, Philip created “Typeface a week”, a blog in which new type forms were created each week based on experiences & observations during the year. His wife, Gabrielle Reith contributed greatly to the project, as well as friends & guests.

Real time demonstration of creating computerised typography from found objects.



aberduino is a place for people who like to play with microcontrollers, pull electronic devices to bits and indulge in a spot of circuit bending to get together and discuss, share and showcase ideas and projects. They will be showing their video wall and switch wall.


DNA to protein. Can you go with the flow from the University of Aberdeen

Build a double helix out of sweets and also see how to extract your own DNA.

See a collection of models representing DNA structure.  There willl be other interactive demonstrations for people to come in and look at too. These will show how DNA coils and also how coiling/condensing makes DNA division easier.

Reactive floor from Tam Treanor

Reactive Floor is a disco floor which reacts to your movements when you dance on it producing audiovisual output. This was also seen at the recent Edinburgh Maker Faire
more information can be found on Tam’s website


The Pitscurry Project

Pitscurry provides day services for adults with disabilities.We grow vegetables, make garden furniture, provide training, and make and sell art.

Having approached Lumsden Sculpture Workshop in 2008, we learned how to turn drawings into solid structures for our gardens. We’ve been commissioned several times to reproduce these items, and now have our own metal workshop on site.

Steel sheep

SQUARESNSQUARES from George Connell

George will be running a couple of workshops during the day.

Shape with a difference, folding squares and triangles


Swim Train Timer from James Littlejohn

A WIFI touchpad system for swimmers with display on mobile devices in real time. Works On or Offline. Constructed using Arduino and Raspberry Pi. More information is available on James’s website:


Monsters of Aberdeen

Monsters of Aberdeen make puppet monsters. They are all unique and are given away as presents. I don’t sell monsters but try and encourage people to make their own. They are easier than you think to make, and essential for every household. Monsters can be made all odd shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. They are a great way of teaching kids some easy creative skills and make a great addition to any family.


Underwater ROV’s

Come and try your hand driving a micro underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) around a water-filled tank. Learn how you can build your own Arduino controlled ROV capable of exploring depths of up to 100m using commonly available components. New for 2013, see an example of an ROV from the OpenROV project.






2 thoughts on “Makers 2013

  1. My 9 year old son is very interested in becomming part of this event, and we have only just found out about. He has a huge interest in transport and technology. Are we to late to be part of the date in may.
    Many thanks leigh

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