wear next_

A recent BNE Magazine piece (p. 9) regarding wear next_!! 

I'm curating the wear next_ exhibition in collaboration with Dr Rafael Gomez (QUT). The exhibition will open on the 31st July 2015 at Artisan Gallery (opening address by Cat Matson Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane), Fortitude Valley. The exhibition will run until the 7th November.

[watch this space, more information to come!]

3576QCA Wearable Technology

Design, build, prototype, hack, code, craft and envision! So ends a massive few weeks of the first iteration of the new winter elective - 3576QCA Wearable Technology. This course was offered to students at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University as part of the Cloud Workshop program.

Cloud Workshop is a cross-cultural, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary wearable technology course. Blending students from across three institutions to work together harnessing the power of cloud computing to design, develop and prototype future visions of wearable tech. In each instance, student teams were encouraged to consider not only the future of wearables, but our future selves, impacts of technology on identity, sense of self, communication, engagement, society and surveillance. Working with students from QCA, QUT and Hong Kong Baptist University students explored the world of arduino, blinky lights, sensors, craft, form and fashion in a bid to consider and propose alternative futures.

QCA success at state graduate design awards

Exciting times for QCA Product design students, shortlisted for 2015 GOTYA awards; Paul Bardini, Callum Burgess and Megan Rowe. Congratulations to all QCA students and specifically Angela Fok for wining first prize in Jewellery Design and Paul Bardini for his high commendation.

Link to full article via Griffith University

Essential design

I was proud to be an invited speaker representing Griffith University at the Essential Design Summit in 2013 – organised by Queensland Museum and Holloway. I was also fortunate to attend part of the Essential Design workshop in 2014. For a summary of these events, please watch the video below and visit the Google Cultural Institute (launched 2015!).

rethinking methods and materials

This was a new course developed as part of the Design Futures program, students embraced the brief and produced some inspired outcomes. Working with skilled craftsman and furniture designer Mike Epworth, QCA 2nd year product design students explored the importance of collaboration, context, material scarcity and problem solving by using ‘found’ materials on campus and seeking a client to design a solution for. Please refer to the student video below for an example. Designers: Sarah Capon, Chelsea Bateman and Nelson Vermeer.

Tour: Tyler School of Art

On the 10th of October, I had the opportunity to receive a personal tour of the new Tyler School of Art facilities at Temple University, Philadelphia. Guided by Professor Richard Hricko (Head of Printmaking), I was fortunate to see all facilities as well as meet and speak with postgraduate students and staff. The School of Art at Tyler is vibrant and engaging - with high quality facilities students are able to explore their creative capacities with vigour. I look forward to visiting this space and the people again, when I return to Philadelphia next year. Click on the image below to see the gallery.

Wearable technology: the next frontier?

The ways in which technology mediates daily activities is shifting rapidly. Global trends point toward the uptake of ambient and interactive media to create radical new ways of working, interacting and socialising. Tech giants such as Google and Apple are banking on the success of this emerging market by investing in new future focussed consumer products such as Google Glass and the Apple Watch. The potential implications of ubiquitous technological interactions via tangible and ambient media have never been more real or more accessible. ... continue to the full article at Design Online.

See also

The next Cloud Workshop is scheduled for June 2015, please email for more information.

Project link.