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An overview on smart materials

This chart gives an overview of the basics of smart materials. It is based on the definition that smart materials react to the environment in a way that is reversible. It groups the materials...

Podcast: Smart Materials & the Creative Industries

In this 10min interview, Smart Materials Theme Champion, Chris Lefteri talks to Jeremy Davenport about: How designers are leading the development of new materials and...

Interview with Roland Boal, studio director at Tangerine London.

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A great guide to smart materials

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Carmel McElroy, Senior Designer at LG Design Europe

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Top three smart materials based on force

Here is the first in a regular monthly feature on different themes within the Uk smart materials sector. No big jargon, just a snapshot of technologies designers should know about and make use...

Five recommendations for how smart materials can connect with the creative industries

Below are five key recomendations extracted from the Kino event (posted below) with design studios which explored new ways to engage smart materials industry   ...

Top design studios meet to explore new ways to engage smart materials industry

How do you connect designers with UK technologies and materials in a meaningful way that helps deliver opportunities for commercialisation? The convergence of technologies combined with the...

Expanding Materials for Healthcare - Opportunities for Auxetics

Would you like to explore the opportunities for a new and exciting class of materials?   Smart Materials Sector of Materials KTN has arranged a free workshop that will look at a...

Interview with Fabrican: one of Time Magazines 50 Best Inventions 2010

Fabrican was developed by Dr Manel Torres while studying his MA in Fashion Women's Wear at the Royal College of Art. Fabrican was recently selected by Time magazine as one of the Best...

Technology and Smart Materials in Japan

"When I first come to a place, I notice all of the little details: I notice the way the sky looks, the color of white paper, the way people walk, doorknobs, everything. Then I get used...

British Material Designers feature in Time Magazines "50 Best Inventions of 2010"

Following Bare Conductive’s award from the TSB last month, I am pleased to discover another success for a designer who developed a new material. Three British designers Jane ni...

Dating Agencies

  I was invited to give a talk by Simon O'Rafferty from the Eco Centre in Cardiff at a sustainable materials event last month. Sustainability is not the focus of this materials beacon...

Other Things

  Food is sensory, food is a process, food has a common language, food is fun, food is a global issue, food is a great way to tie an accessible, encompassing subject to liven up design...

Interview with TSB winners Bare Conductive

  What have you been doing since you won the Disruptive Solutions competition?   We just ran a workshop at the Royal College of Art with sixteen Industrial Design Engineering...

TSB award for a designers who make materials

  The skin-friendly conductive ink from recent Royal College of Art graduates Bare Conductive have picked up £100,000 of funding at Innovate 2010 this month. This continues to...

Can the creative industries lead in exploiting new materials?

Can the creative industries lead in exploiting new materials? This was the question that we wanted to address for the Materials Beacon. But what do we mean by creative industries?...

Questions about details of the call and the process of getting involved

Q: Is there a criterion on the scale of company to get involved (i.e. design companies are typically very small)? A: No, size is no barrier (companies must be financially solvent). ...
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Top three smart materials based on force

Here is the first in a regular monthly feature on different themes within the Uk smart...

Interview with Fabrican: one of Time Magazines 50 Best Inventions 2010

Fabrican was developed by Dr Manel Torres while studying his MA in Fashion Women's...

Carmel McElroy, Senior Designer at LG Design Europe

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