About the event:
A series of lunchtime talks open to everyone interested in bringing positive change to their communities, cities and working environments. A panel of industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs share insights and experiences with a diverse audience of the public and the design industry. An open informal discussion gives the audience a chance to participate.
Get comfortable, share ideas and network.
TALK100 Session 6
TEXTILES, TECHNOLOGY, OPEN SOURCE AND CNC MACHINES
JoAnne Kowalski is a textile designer and coder. Based in Copenhagen, she has devised a way to embed electronics into textiles. She talks about her work in fusing production with art and design.
Phil Goodwin is a skilled product development practitioner and Product Director for emerging markets at Bullitt Group. He was instrumental in establishing in-house product design and development capabilities at Freeplay Energy, bringing over 30 products to market. His award-winning designs include the fetal heart rate monitor that won the 2009 INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® and the Lifeplayer MP3, used for education purposes in under-resourced communities.
Morten Ydefeldt is an industrial designer, professional maker and owner of ydefeldt.com. He believes strongly in the open-source way of thinking and working, and developing open-source designs for computer numerical control (CNC) machines. He is trained in traditional industrial design, and combines that with a good understanding of software development, electronics and CNC machining.
Philip Goodwin is the Product Director for emerging markets at Bullitt Group. He is a highly skilled product development practitioner with a strong product management and manufacturing background. He is driven by a passion for innovative and responsible design. He creates technology solutions and conceives and develops products that can improve the lives of those who use them – especially users in the developing world. Philip has travelled extensively in the United States (US), Europe, Asia and Africa. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife and three children. After graduating as an industrial designer from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, he began his career in rapid product development with Arrk Corporation in London in 1996. Philip Joined Freeplay Energy in 1998, where he established in-house product design and development capabilities. He and his team developed many revolutionary and award-winning products and patented technology platforms. He has brought more than 30 products to market. Several of his designs have been recognized for engineering and innovation excellence by the Consumer Electronics Association in the US. His design for the fetal heart rate monitor won the pre-eminent INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® in 2009. In the same year, he established Lifeline Technologies, where he developed the Lifeplayer MP3, a rugged, simple and power-independent MP3 player that can be used to disseminate information and education on demand in low resource settings, regardless of power availability, topography and listener availability. The Lifeplayer was an INDEX finalist in 2011; and a finalist in the 2011 SAB Foundation Innovation Awards. Philip has a wealth of experience in product design, manufacture, distribution and appropriate technology development for both western markets and the developing world.
Jo-Anne is a textile artiste and designer, currently working for and with several artists and designers in Copenhagen. She has a Master’s degree from the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden, in which she investigated textiles through a broad and conceptual path. She specialised in knitting techniques, and began to experiment with electronics and wearable technology. Since then, Jo-Anne has maintained her curiosity for the open source community and knowledge sharing. From small electronic projects, she began to develop ways to embed electronics into textiles. This began a reflection on how textiles can be designed to incorporate technology with production; and also the role of the artist in the process.
Morten Ydefeldt’s interpretation of the difference between a do-it-yourselfer and a maker is the additional layer of digital fabrication and software. The maker movement is a new phenomenon that enables people to share and collaborate on designing both software and hardware. People have been collaborating on open-source software projects for decades. But what happens when software is used more and more to define physical products and the internet of things and 3d printers begin to give information a physical form. Morten’s interest in the relationship between software and hardware has grown from his work designing computer-numerical control (CNC) machines. The CNC machines vary from laser-cutters, 3d-printers to milling. Morten is an industrial designer and professional maker and owner of ydefeldt.com. He believes strongly in the open-source way of thinking and working, particularly in using open-source design and development for CNC machines. He is trained in traditional industrial design, and combines that training with a good understanding of software development, electronics and CNC machines. Morten loves creating things that pop into real life, making functional and simple objects useable.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town