Launch of Design Lab and the Interaction Design & Electronic Arts program

25 November 2008

Friday the 21st of November saw the launch of the Design Lab, the innovative centre for digital design based within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney as part of the [in]form exhibition, the 2008 graduate show. The Design Lab is comprised of engineers, designers, artists and architects - all linked by their passion for design and its interface with technology.

The launch of Design Lab reflects the exciting innovation and teaching happening in the Faculty. Formally know as the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition (KCDCC) which has been at the cutting edge of its area since the sixties, the Design Lab reflects the new face of computing.

As Dr Michael Rosenman, Head of Design Lab, points out, "Back then, computers were mysterious, new, occupying large rooms visited only by boffins in white coats. Today is a different world, computers are ubiquitous and becoming even more so. In future will see them in the clothes we wear, in wallpaper or even in paint. Everyone has contact with computing whether it is their watch, mobile phone or washing machine."

Dr Rosenman continues "The Design Lab shifts focus from traditional computing to design using information and interaction technology. This is the future - creating, designing and refining our experience of the world through technology."

As part of the evening, the innovative postgraduate Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (IDEA) program was launched. This new program is the only one of its kind offered in Australia and allows students to explore new forms of technology to create, design and re-invent our daily experience. The new degree is a research-focused degree, allowing students to design objects, environments and art with technology.

Leading artist and lecturer Dr Petra Gemeinboeck is excited about the possibilities of this new program, "the IDEA course welcomes local and international students to join a cutting-edge studio-based and research-focused study environment."

The IDEA program seeks to create opportunities for a new generation of designers and artists are at the forefront of new technology.

The [in]form exhibition is open until the November 30 and is located in the Hearth and Tin Shed Galleries located on level 2 of the Wilkinson Building (G04), 148 City Road Darlington, University of Sydney