3rd August 2010


Freedom of Creation's laser sintered bag is created with zero waste.
Philip Delamore, Director of the Digital Studio + Senior Research Fellow, London College of Fashion
12.30pm, DAB
Philip Delamore is one of the most innovative practioners and researchers working in the area of printed textiles today. He has worked with designers such as Hamish Morrow on digital prints and Freedom of Creation on laser sintering or 3D printing as it is also known. Both processes have the potential for zero waste design and Philip's talk shared his thoughts on how both can and are being used by sustainable practitioners in design.

10th August 2010
Kath McLaughlin, Waste Education Officer, Sustainability, City of Sydney Council
12.30pm, Blackfriars

Zoe Sadokierski, DAB
2.00pm, DAB
Zoe talking with students
Just as we all though we had some cool ideas of mapping Zoe showed up and destroyed our illusions with some mind blowing examples of infographics. Suffice to say that pie charts were nowhere to be seen. We were talked through some of the design routes and the details that can so easily be overlooked - blue milk on an otherwise fabulous coffee infographic? The key message was to get the message that we want to communicate clear and well developed before starting on the infographics. Her closing line was that the more simple and inherently "right" it looks, the more likely it is that the designer has worked on it for longer than we could possible imagine.

17th August 2010

Andy Dovell inside Plastiki

Inside the boat

Andrew Dovell, Dovell Naval Architects and designer on the Plastiki
2.00pm, DAB
Andy shared the story behind the story of Plastiki with students, even managing to gain an inside view of cabin conditions where space was at a premium. New materials are always going to be a technical challenge with several different solutions combined in the final design for the boat. Flat panels of SRPET make up the cabin joined with tape of the same material welded into place. The same process has been adapted for the I-beams - structurally a pretty impressive achievement. The future for this fins and sea kayaks are some of the possibilities currently under development.

24th August 2010
Seminar: See Seminar page for more details
2.00pm, Blackfriars Lecture Room, UTS

31st August 2010
Kerryn Caulfield, Executive Director, Technical Textile + Nonwoven Association (TTNA)
10.00am, Guthrie Theatre, UTS
Kerryn Caulfield shared the findings of her work in this area at the TTNA as well as with national charitable recyclers. She began with some stark government figures about the growth of waste increasing faster than the population. European and Scandanavian initiatives are seeing industries and consumers taxed in a more direct way for the waste they consign to landfill. Hitting people where it hurts, in the pockets, is having some impact in changing their behaviour and helping to instill more individual responsability. Design and brand issues were also highlighted and served as a reminder of how difficult it can be to find the right answers. In one Sydney beach lifesavers were faced with the dilema of what to do about their old T-shirts when a new sponsor came on board. Their charter stipulated environmental responsability, yet they could not simply release the old garments into the second hand market.

Randall Pearce, Think: Insight + Advice
1.30pm, Blackfriars Lecture Room, UTS
Randall Pearce looks at how people behave and why they act as they do particularly with regard to sustainability and waste. While many countries have difficulty recognising the reality of climate change, our drought transforms this from an abstract idea that will happen some time in the future to a very real one that we have to address now. His research shows that 35% of Australians believe that the need to act on climate change is now very urgent, there is also a belief that it is the combined responsability of government, industry, business and the individual. The barriers to change Randall has identified as including our obsession with newness and our competitive consumer culture as well as time being more important than money so that we are loosing not just the desire to repair but the skills also. On the plus side enablers of social change he identified as good design, globally consistent trade marks and consumer expectation that we do have to make small changes in our behaviour.

7th September 2010
Mike Day, DAB
1.30pm, Level 7, DAB
Mike Day is just back from a visit to the Shanghai Expo and will share some of his insights from the trip.