Design Field Notes: Kitty Yeung

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk: Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

With the development of open-source hardware, fashion designers and creative technologists have started to include electronics as part of their designs, adding decorative and/or functional elements to garments. A new field, integrating art and science, has emerged where design and engineering collide. Thus, the wearables industry was born. Driven by creative designs, the industry has tremendous opportunities but also faces significant challenges in scaling and scientific research. This talk gives an overview of the wearables industry with demos of technology-embedded garments and discusses a few ideas for future development.

About the speaker:
Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently works as a creative technologist and manager at the Garage, Microsoft.

Kitty’s earlier career had been focused on hardcore scientific research and academic training while pursuing artistic endeavors through painting, music and graphic novel creations. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and a M.Sci., B.A. and M.A. in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge. It has been her dream since childhood to work in the three intellectual fields: science, music and art. Being a scientist, she also experienced how arts influence people culturally and how different fields inspire each other.

Kitty found the perfect way to integrate art/design with science/technology via tech-fashion design. Her work focuses on applying cutting-edge technologies to both garments and manufacturing processes. See work on

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