1.) So tell us a little about yourself, your project, organization, or company that you’ll be displaying at the maker faire
My name is Bethany Armstrong. I am a designer, an educator and an innovator in the field of design with a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am currently teaching graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design. I’m here to give a presentation on wearable technology, talk about the wearable tech evolution, revolution, and where it’s heading. I’ll be sharing my own projects, both completed and in progress, and let you-in on my process.
2.) What got you into making or creating? Have you always been a tinkerer?
During my time in school and in my professional career, I’ve had the fortune to try many different design medias and technologies. When I was a young designer I often put myself into challenging projects that were over my head at the time, and learned as I went. I have always been a hands-on learner and am able to quickly understand how things work. My projects include utilizing traditional methods of image making in contrast to new technologies; examples of these are creating paper lace through digital printing methods, laser-cut letterpress, and creating anaglyph book experiences.
3.) How did you get started on your current project? How long have you been working on your current project?
Finding the intersection between play and useful interaction is one of my current focuses. Where can technology make our lives more interesting and help us at the same time, is a question I ask myself a lot. When coming up with ideas for projects I often try to put myself into someone else’s shoes so I’m not just making things for myself. I have interest in how other cultures interact with the world and technology, and learning about other cultures is also a part of my process.
The current projects I have been working on in my (very small amounts of) spare time this summer. I begin by researching and thinking until I feel ready to begin. Once I begin I will sometimes abandon a project if I think it’s not going the way I want it to—and start over or change it a lot.
4.) How can people find out more about your project, company, or organization?
You can find more about micro-controllers and sensors at http://www.adafruit.com
You can find me on the web at http://www.bethanyarmstrong.com
(although my website is mostly blank).
A recent interview here: http://cargocollective.com/wchbsaic/Bethany-Armstrong