Kate Reed (BRDD 2021): Finding a niche in biomimetic design
Kate Reed (BRDD 2021, Industrial Design, Independent Concentration in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship) builds wearable biomimetic computers. She is pursuing several summer projects that use cutting-edge technology to connect people to the natural world and to each other such as the sonic invisibility cloak (pictured above), which confronts issues surrounding privacy in the digital age.
Meet Kate Reed: The 22-Year-Old Designer Creating Biomimetic Wearable Computers
Kate Reed (BRDD 2021, Industrial Design, IC: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship) is featured in The Indiependent for her biomietic wearable designs. "'Today’s wearable computers, to compete with the exponential threat of digital intelligence of tomorrow, look like gadgets imagined in a Star Trek movie or an Arthur C. Clark novel. They look like computers, feel like computers, and act like computers. This is an unprecedented convergence crisis. Our human body has evolved for millions of years rooted in nature, while computers have evolved for a mere few hundred years, rooted in sci-fi. If humans and computers must converge to combat the rising threat of digital intelligence, we must look to nature for inspiration to build the next generation of wearable computers.'” ~ The Indiependent
Towards a COVID-friendly AR Translator for Hotels
Jiaju Ma(BRDD 2021, Industrial Design, Computer Science) a member of the Brown Engineering Design Seminar, is featured in Medium's article, "Towards a COVID-friendly AR Translator for Hotels: How COVID-19 derailed our Design Seminar, but directed us to an augmented reality translator window for hotels"
Yukti Agarwal (BRDD 2024) Participates in the Brown Pembroke Center Oral History Project to Share Her Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Yukti Agarwal (BRDD 2024) is interviewed by Mary Murphy, Nancy L. Buc '65 Pembroke Center Archivist, about her experience as a BRDD international student from India during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about Yukti's experience and listen to the interview on the Pembroke Center Oral History website.
Brown engineering faculty and students design DIY ventilator
Eli Silver (BRDD 2021, Furniture Design, Engineering and Physics) is among a team of faculty and students from Brown University’s School of Engineering that designed a do-it-yourself ventilator, that can be quickly assembled using 3D-printed and readily available parts.
Isabel Sicat (BRDD 2016, Illustration, Political Science) and partner Aiala Rickard (RISD 2017 AP) of the Philippines-based apparel label Toqa have temporarily set aside fashion to produce sustainably sourced, washable face masks.
Masc.: A Refreshingly Well-Rounded Look at Masculinity
Laura Jaramillo (BRDD 2020, Furniture Design, Gender and Sexuality Studies) exhibits her chair, First Blood, in Masc., an intimate seven-person exhibition at Newport's Coastal Contemporary Gallery. The exhibition "frames masculinity as not necessarily a man problem, rather, 'a relational problem, one that can’t be viewed in a vacuum outside of the influence of culture or interpersonal relationships.' The holistic group show complicates the traditional 'men vs. women / good vs. bad' narrative about patriarchy, instead visualizing its impact on all aspects of life, including romantic and familial relationships, understandings of ethnicity and race, queer identity, economics, power and dis/empowerment."
For students with wide-ranging interests, Fashion@Brown is a great fit
Seabass Immonen (BRDD 2023, Apparel Design, International Relations) this year's Director of the Design Board for Fashion @ Brown, had garments in the annual runway show, as part of Brown's Fashion Week. “'So much of the handiwork in these garments looks purely artistic, but at the same time so much math, critical thinking and communication go into the process,” said Sebastian Immonen, a first-year member of the design team who is studying international relations and apparel design through the Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program. “Doing this work alongside each other allows us to create a better body of work.'”