Fashion and creative design are a window on how we have and how we will live. By 2099, we will understand how to design and fabricate materials at the molecular and biomolecular level. In between, the development of 3 and 4D bio-nano hybrid materials with functionalities similar or superior to Silicon will allow the evolution of 'soft' machines and programmable surfaces and interfaces with intelligence through associated informatics, VR, AR and AI providing tangible materials 2 materiality 2 material experiences. Putting these together, you create a powerful Design:STEM Interactive platform that can significantly influence and enhance both the fabrication and function of novel products and devices that can significantly effect everyone's Future Ways of Living.
The work described in this paper examines some of the ways in which creative design can guide and interact with materials science and material fabrication leading towards programmable material systems through integrated informatics that leads to innovation in 'calm technology' that is burdenless for the user. We will present evidence based examples drawn from our ongoing work as follows:
a) Ambient assisted living for both individuals and communities
b) Sensors, sensing and sentient behaviour for anticipatory healthcare and real time monitoring
c) The development of responsive surfaces and interfaces that serve as real time polyvalent interactive skins for 'smart' interior environments
d) Sustainable consumer product packaging through the replacement of synthetic polymers with polysaccharide based natural materials
In addition,we will provide Design:STEM insights from our work on the current research and teaching landscape within the School of Design at Northumbria. Finally, the three axes of Design, Materials and Biology are shown to be a very powerful way to address and collaborate with industry to solve identified compelling human centric needs that can significantly benefit everyday life through direct, multidisciplinary Studio, Lab and workplace learning.
Within the School of Design at Northumbria University, we are implementing new MRes masters courses that bring creative designers, material scientists and synthatic biologists together in a common research and teaching environment to accelerate teaching and making practice to address Design led, Needs driven, Materials anchored and solutions focussed Design:STEM Integration.