Archive for October, 2017

ON THE COVER
Fall 2017

This issue has a special innovation theme, so we needed a very special cover to set the stage. We got one, thanks to the spectacularly talented Anita Rundles, BFA Illustration ’13. She created an elegantly dressed 18th- This issue has a special innovation theme, so we needed a very special cover to set the stage. We…

SENSE OF DIRECTION
Keith Kirkland, Accessories Design ’10, created a vibrating wristband that guides the blind

On November 5, a blind man named Simon Wheatcroft will run the New York City Marathon without a guide. He will be aided in this feat by the Wayband, a wearable navigation device that uses haptic feedback—touch—to communicate directions to the blind and visually impaired. Whenever Wheatcroft needs to turn, a complex but intuitive array of vibrations will tell him when…

BENEATH THE SURFACE
Cutting-edge textiles by the renowned Suzanne Tick ’82

Suzanne Tick’s textile designs form a kind of skin on the insides of buildings, covering walls, floors, and furniture and demarcating spaces. “Our job with these materials,” she says, “is to reflect the architectural membrane of the building and bring it inside.” Over her decades-long career, Tick, Textile Design ’82, has pushed the limits of what…

ANATOMY OF A CARRY-ON
This luxury suitcase, created by Denielle Martin Wolfe, Accessories Design ’91, blends technology and smart design

“In high luxury,” says Denielle Wolfe ’91, “you pay more and you get less.” Not so with her new luggage brand, Arlo Skye. The first product, a sleek, durable, high-tech carry-on, earns its $550 price tag with loads of eye-opening features. After 15 years at Tumi, most recently as vice president of product development and…

PATCHWORK PROCESS
Thanks to Megan Manco ‘16, your phone will know when you’ve had too much sun

Beach towel? Check. Sunscreen? Check. High-tech sunburn-monitoring patch? It’s here. As a clinical research scientist at L’Oréal, Megan Manco, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS ’16, co-created My UV Patch, a sticker applied to the skin that measures the total UVA and UVB rays coming in, then sends a message to a linked smartphone recommending that the…

OH, THE PLACES WE’LL GO!
FIT faculty, alumni, and students envison the future in ways both fantastical and practical

Illustrations by Diana Schoenbrun MFA ’16 (Featured image) “An organism, like a synthetic silk moth, that extrudes a fiber quickly, organically, and with minimal environmental impact, then feeds it into a machine that weaves or knits it into clothes on demand.” —Michael Ferraro, executive director of the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab (Above) “Virtual and augmented…