Looking back on Backstage
So, BBC Backstage is sadly no more. Today the BBC released a beautifully compiled ebook retrospective of the last five years. There’s also a great article by Jemima Kiss over at the Guardian. I’m humbled to have been both interviewed in the book and mentioned by Jemima in her article.
But I just wanted to write a little bit here too. Backstage always meant a lot to me. It was one of the first things I got involved with when I moved to London just over four years ago. I’ve always strongly identified with the ideas behind the project. They’re just as important now as they were then.
It’s helped me in work too. I won’t say it encouraged me to be mischievous, but it certainly let me get away with it a bit more often.
But Backstage wasn’t really about the BBC. It was about the community of developers, designers, thinkers and tinkerers that built up around it. Always there, always challenging us to acknowledge the public interest in what we do. Always holding us to account and making sure we did the right thing.
Backstage made it a lot easier to build for the people building things with our stuff and I hope we can keep that conversation going.
Thanks to you all and long may it live on. To Backstage.
Some relevant posts from the archive:
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