Discussions and Workshops

The agenda for Stream 2016 is in your hands. There are six session times a day, hosted in nine different meeting spaces. Each session runs for 1 hour (give or take) and all sessions are led by you, the Stream participants. Here's how it works:

  1. Before Stream - Share your idea - Create a New Discussion by clicking on the blue ‘add idea’ button on the left of this page
  2. Before Stream - Invite others to join you - you can see the participants list at the Participants page
  3. At Stream - Book a slot - when you arrive on site, write your discussion on the Big Boards

The Stream Team is on hand to help. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk an idea through before posting, or would like help finding some co-hosts.

Matt Johnson

Bare Conductive

Designers making materials: Are ignorance and innovation positively correlated?

“The simple index file of objects upon which modern engineering has constructed its knowledge must now be replaced by more mobile references... technical thought must be capable when necessary of abandoning the strict world of Mars for the fluid world of Venus.” Though materials science has a long record of innovation, a new path has given us un- expected, valuable results. Designers are taking full advantage of contemporary technologies while paying attention to materials’ tangible aspects. The combination of design thinking, easy access to technical information, and revision through tangible interaction have brought these material concepts to life. In these projects, innovation is emphasized over refinement, material variations are embraced as opportunities, and the internet’s wealth of information helps refine ideas. But is there a risk to designers plunging into materials science? Is rabid cross disciplinary work always good?

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