Future textile heirlooms hanging on a line

In the Unstable Design Lab, Sasha de Koninck creates new heirlooms for future use

Oct. 12, 2021

Sasha de Koninck, a member of ATLAS Institute's Unstable Design Lab, presented her future heirloom project, The Research Lab of Ambiguous Futurology, at the "Making and Doing" exhibition at the 4S hybrid conference, held Oct. 6-9, both in Toronto and virtually.

Sandra Wirtanen shows a weaving from her weaving residency.

Unstable Design Lab announces open call for second experimental weaving residency

July 19, 2021

ATLAS Institute's Unstable Design Lab, directed by Laura Devendorf, will host its second experimental weaving residency with the goal of developing new techniques and open-source resources that can co-evolve fiber arts and engineering practice.

Laura Devendorf wearing a shirt she crocheted that has baby nipples sewn into it.

Unstable Design Lab's "Design Memoirs" project on Irish Radio

June 16, 2021

In this Irish Radio interview with Aisling Kelliher, associate professor of computer science with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Kelliher discusses research from the Unstable Design Lab's "Design Memoirs" project.

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ATLAS @ CHI 2021

May 14, 2021

ATLAS researchers have 10 published works and one special interest group associated with the CHI 2021 conference, the world’s preeminent conference for the field of human-computer interaction. Held virtually, CHI 2021, also known as ACM’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, took place May 8-13.

A Fabric that Remembers displayed on a table at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile in Hong Kong

Laura Devendorf’s memory fabric innovations exhibited at Hong Kong museum

May 11, 2021

During the pandemic lockdown, Laura Devendorf used textiles woven with resistive yarns to document a particular part of her life–the daily “forces” that pressed against her body, especially her two children. Two of her memory fabric innovations are being exhibited at the The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) in Hong Kong as part of the Interweaving Poetic Code exhibition.

Shanel Wu demonstrates tablet weaving at a research showcase for human-computer interaction and information science.

ATLAS PhD Student Shanel Wu discusses their smart textiles work in Gist Yarn podcast

April 12, 2021

Shanel Wu, ATLAS PhD student, discusses their work with smart textiles, weaving, computational craft and hardware hacking in this fiber arts podcast.

Laura Devendorf weaving on a loom.

Laura Devendorf to present March 11 at Georgia Tech’s GVU Brown Bag Seminar Series

March 10, 2021

Laura Devendorf, director of the Unstable Design Lab in the ATLAS Institute and assistant professor of information science, will deliver a lecture entitled “Designing Not Knowing” on March 11 as part of Georgia Tech’s GVU Brown Bag Seminar Series.

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Laura Devendorf keynote speaker at ACADIA 2020

Oct. 20, 2020

Laura Devendorf, an assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, is a keynote speaker in the ACADIA 2020 virtual panel, "A Conversation on Culture & Access," on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:15-5:45 p.m. EST. The panel brings together designers and scholars whose work deals critically with questions of computation, craft and public engagement.

Laura Devendorf virtually delivers FabLearn20 keynote.

Laura Devendorf delivers keynote at FabLearn'20

Oct. 12, 2020

Laura Devendorf, assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, gave a keynote speech at 2020 FabLearn - 9th Annual Conference on Maker Education. Her research questions the role of design and making in the wake of increasingly pressing global challenges. FabLearn's international community of educators, researchers and policy makers are committed to integrating the principles of constructionist learning, or “making" into formal and informal K-12 education.

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E-Textiles, Smart Textiles, Flexible Hybrid Electronics: Who’s Saying What?

Aug. 14, 2020

In a project led by ATLAS PhD student, Shanel Wu, the Unstable Design Lab and LOOMIA jointly ran a survey asking those working in e-textiles how they liked to talk about their work. The results are a fascinating exploratory poke into the interdisciplinary nature of the emerging e-textiles field.

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