The goal of this four day workshop was to introduce visual communication and multimedia design students to methods used within interaction design to combine hardware, electronics and physical materials into working prototypes. This workshop allowed students to investigate a series of tools and methodologies to handcraft sensors and paper-textile based circuits. Students were also an introduced to open source tools such as Arduino and Makey Makey. Furthermore, they experimented with electronic activated inks to generate displays that are both decorative and functional. The workshop emphasized craftsmanship, usability, aesthetic value, and provide basic physical computing insight through material exploration.
Facilitator Paola Guimerans
Paola Guimerans is an artist, interaction designer and educator. Her artistic exploration investigates materials, techniques and processes for blending soft electronics and computation as a medium for creating expressive and personally meaningful technological arts. She graduated from Parsons MFA Design and Technology, NY where she worked as a researcher for the Fashion Technology Lab, and facilitated different workshops focused on wearable technology, e-textiles and soft circuits techniques. Her work has been exhibited in centers such as Eyebeam Art+Technology Centre NY, MedialabPrado Madrid, MACBA Barcelona and Ventana244 Art Space Brooklyn NY. Recently, her research has been featured in the NY World Maker Faire, ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces and at the IATED conference