How can technology improve our lives? How can we improve the ways we use it? Can coding be combined with creativity?
We believe that designers have a critical role to play in answering these questions. At UTS you’ll find product designers engaging with new fabrication technologies such as additive, or 3D, printing and coders designing digital interfaces. You’ll discover new ways to visualise big data or develop an app that could arrest Australia’s decline in STEM students.
The bottom line is that if you love using, adapting or developing technology, then design might just be the right calling for you.
Meet some of our students and read their stories to find out how they are using technology as part of their design practice.
Creating data sonification
Tim Busuttil may have had majored in arts and illustration at high school but by the time he finished his Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication he had discovered a love for problem solving, data and coding. His Honours project, Adjacent, an “emergent auditory spatio-temporal map”, took this to the next level. Find out how he hand-coded a system designed to transform place-based data into audio.
From product designer to cloud-based app
Starting up your own tech company is what many of us have dreamed of. For Sam McDonnell, it’s now a reality. The Bachelor Design of Industrial Design (now Product Design) graduate, looked at wearable technology for his major project. But all the time he was collaborating with other UTS students on a construction management collaboration app, Construction Cloud. After winning numerous start-up awards, Construction Cloud is now being used by major industry players like Lend Lease and on key projects such as NorthConnex.
Using technology to disrupt fashion
Science, maths, fashion. It’s not a combination that you’d think of normally but for Dr Mark Liu, it’s one that is critical to the future of fashion. After realising that fashion designers spent all their time working in 2D, Mark developed Drape Measure, a device that can measure the human body in 3D. Find out how this Fashion and Textiles Graduate is set to revolutionise the industry thanks to his focus on science and math.
“Most people seem to think of fashion as frivolous and anti-intellectual, but the future of cutting-edge fashion design will be based on pioneering scientific research. Fashion design is actually very technical and more related to maths and science than most people would think. You can’t have one without the other.”
How will you advance your passion for design and technology?