I’ll be speaking in Austin, TX Saturday, March 20, 2010 for Design Arts on the following topics:
Textile Technology 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Design professionals have a responsibility to their clients to understand how today’s fabrics are produced and how it affects their health, safety and welfare. With a production process involving the use of over 2000 chemicals and thousands of gallons of water, we explore textile production as it relates to building codes, energy codes, GOTS standards, LEED, cradle to cradle certification and sustainability. This seminar also narrows in on weaves, printing processes, dyes and finishes to provide an understanding of the various characteristics and properties that make fabrics appropriate for use in interior environments.
World Tour: The Hottest Designs from Around the World 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Trend watching is more than spotting the next new color, fabric, or hot designer. It’s about observing change and understanding how to transform change into opportunity: Opportunity for higher financial returns and opportunity for increased well-being for the end-user. We first explore trend dynamics, then look at the newest products and trends from some of the worlds leading design shows. We also examine how best practices and transformative changes from other industries can be applied to your designs, your marketing, your sampling and your business. Finally, we look at how social and cultural currents will impact design over the next 5 to 10 years, including advances in information technologies, universal and barrier-free design.
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