Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabric

By Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

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  • Paperback
  • 200 color illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 10⅛ x 7½ ins
  • ISBN 9781780677323
  • Published January 2016

We are on the cusp of a revolution, where the intersection of technology, the human body, and everyday objects will become completely seamless. Smart textiles are a key part of this revolution.

Smart Textiles for Designers introduces the different qualities and properties that can be embedded in, integrated with, and applied to fabrics and looks at the different contexts in which these smart textiles can be used, from healthcare to haute couture, firefighting to sportswear. A survey of specific fabrics grouped by properties provides a core reference section and a palette for the designer to work from. The book also examines five different design approaches and features interviews with leading designer and design teams, showing their processes and working methods.

The first book to look at this exciting and quickly developing area of technology through the eyes of a designer, this is both a core reference work and an inspirational guide for students and professionals alike.

About the Author

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and founder of Interwoven Design Studio, a multi-disciplinary industrial design firm focusing on wearable technology and smart textiles.

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Chapter 1: Definition and Context   

Chapter 2: Materials    
Basic Textile Components  
The Birth of Performance Fabrics   
Survey of Smart Textiles   

Chapter 3: Projects   
Light and Color   
Communication: Touch, Voice and Data Transfer   
Shape Shifting   
Scent and Sound      
Movement and Temperature Regulation      
Protection   
Sustainability: Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation   
Medical: Prevention and Healing   

Chapter 4: People and Process
Industrial Design—Driven by the User   
Michele Stinco   
Francesca Rosella   
Fine Art—Driven by Concept       
Barbara Layne   
Maggie Orth   
Fashion—Driven by Aesthetic   
Ying Gao   
Lynsey Calder   
Architecture—Driven by Site or Solutions   
Daan Roosegaarde   
Sythesis Design + Architecture and Jason Gilette   
Engineering—Driven by Scientific Exploration   
Sabine Seymour   
Johanna Bloomfield and Ted Southern