Destination DIY is now Rendered
. You may have some questions. I will do my best to answer them:
What happens to my podcast feed?
The podcast feed remains the same and you may have noticed it has already updated with the new name and logo. There is no need to resubscribe.
What about the Destination DIY archives?
We are keeping all the old Destination DIY episodes here and on SoundCloud.
Why the name change?
The team and I have gotten a lot of input from people, most recently from the Maximum Fun Listener Panel, that having the letters "DIY" in the name was confusing. Though we've always believed that DIY encompasses more than just home improvement and crafts, the reality is that those are the associations most people have with those three letters, thanks to the likes of Bob Vila and Martha Stewart. Obviously, what we're doing is different from what Bob and Martha are doing and, as a result, we often found ourselves defining the show by what it is NOT. Bottom line: it became clear that having "DIY" in the title was a barrier between the show and a wider audience. (Once I realized that, it seemed crazy that I'd never actually considered changing the name. Seriously, I can't tell you how much time and energy I've spent explaining to people that DIY can apply to all kinds of things — funerals, space travel, relationships, fitness — only to be met with quizzical looks.)
We considered a LOT of ideas for the new name. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions here on the MaxFun site, on Facebook, Twitter, email, and in person. "Rendered" was the right fit because it connotes "making" without boxing us in. It's a word with a wide range of associations that have to do with creativity — cooking, film, comics, graphic design, video games, even audio editing!
Who suggested the new name?
I wish I could say that the name came from a listener suggestion. Truthfully, I added it to the list of names to consider while flipping through an issue of the Whole Earth Catalog for inspiration.
What about the Destination DIY theme song?
We will be retiring Grey Anne's beloved theme song along with the name. But you can always listen to it here if you're feeling wistful.
Is the show going in a different direction?
The ethos of the show will remain the same. We're curious about interesting and surprising stories driven by creativity and creative people. We're most interested in the kinds of projects people are doing on their own, without the help of a large institution of some kind. And even more important than the project itself is how making stuff and doing things creates meaning in the world and changes people's lives in big and small ways.