Billie Whitehouse: Why Wearable Tech Needs Good Design To Thrive [PSFK 2014]
PSFK talks to Wearable Experiment's Art Director about the intersection occurring today between fashion and wearable technology.
PSFK is excited to have Billie Whitehouse, Art Director and Designer at Wearable Experiments (We:eX), as a speaker at PSFK CONFERENCE 2014. On April 11th, Billie will talk about how design principles must be used to integrate wearable technologies into our everyday lives. In the lead up to the event, we spoke with Billie about how fashion and technology fuse together, and what the wearable tech industry needs to be successful.
What is your definition of a “Fashion Technologist?”
A fashion technologist is the combination of a professional in fashion and technology. However, I think this is an extremely loose definition, and I am not sure that is how I would define myself. I think that fashion is so often related to trends, and this is not necessarily what we are trying to achieve. What I think is important is “GOOD DESIGN” or design that help us live well. When combining “good design” and technology, then the possibilities are endless. I would prefer a “design technologist;” this comes with the understanding of what makes good design good and how to practically use technology from a humanist perspective.