Design of Wearables

Join us for three weeks of curated panels, meetups, and short-duration workshops taught by industry experts on the CCA San Francisco campus evenings and Saturdays, July 24 through August 14, 2014. Mix and match or take them all!

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

What Do People Do with Their Wearable Data? (Signups closed)
Designing for Customer Needs at the Fuzzy Front End (Signups closed)
Inspiring Creative Strategies for Wearables -– Brand Focus (Signups closed)
Designing Wearable Technology for Humans (SOLD OUT)
Inspiring Creative Strategies for Wearables –- Design Focus (Signups closed)
Who's Set to Win & Why: An Overview of the Wearables Space (Signups closed)
Work with Me: Integrating Wearable Design and Technology (Signups closed)
Cocktails & Demo with Google Glass @ Basecamp (SOLD OUT)
Google Glass Design Sprint (SOLD OUT -- waitlist available)
Methods & Materials: Prototyping Fashion-Forward Wearables (SOLD OUT -- waitlist available)
Crowdfunding for Wearables (Signups closed)
Make it Meaningful: Designing Wearables We’ll Desire (Signups closed)
Why Should I Wear This? (SOLD OUT)
Pitch & Pivot: How to Shift from Software to Hardware (Signups closed)
Fashionably Practical: Fusing Fashion + Technology (Signups closed)
Don’t Make Me Stare: Scaling UX Design for Fleeting Attention (Signups closed)
Sensor Technology & the Internet of Things (SOLD OUT -- waitlist available)
Killer Design. Now How Are You Going to Build It?

MEETUPS & PANELS

Internet of Things Meetup (Signups closed)
The Quantified Self-Meetup (Signups closed)
Wearables from a UX Perspective (Panel discussion) (Signups closed)
Wearables from a Fashion Design Perspective (Panel discussion) (Signups closed)
Wearables: What’s Next? (Panel discussion) (Signups closed)
Wearables from a Product Design Perspective (Panel discussion)
Sensory Tech: Optics, Haptics & Audio (Panel discussion) (Signups closed)
AutoDesk Design Night: Fashion + Tech (SOLD OUT)
WEARTECHCON: Art+Design of Wearable Tech Startups
DMBA Foresight Film Festival Episode 1: Augmented Reality

 

Panel discussions can be viewed on the CCA channel on YouTube »

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

 

What Do People Do with Their Wearable Data?

Instructor: Ernesto Ramirez, QS Labs

Date: Tues., July 29, 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $25 -- (Signups closed)

 

People are using devices, visualizations, and homebuilt systems to incorporate data into their lives in new and intriguing ways (like using fitness data to adjust home lighting). Explore how people might use and benefit from their wearable data, with an emphasis on thinking beyond the mobile/laptop screen.

Designing for Customer Needs at the Fuzzy Front End

Instructors: Katy Mogal & Ana Rosario / Jawbone

Date: Tues.-Thurs., July 29-31, 8:15-10 p.m. (3 sessions)
Fee: $125 -- (Signups closed)

 

The best designers start with empathy for their users. In this series of three workshops, we explore and apply techniques for uncovering people's needs and desires in the wearable space, and use those insights to guide design from concept to prototype.

Inspiring Creative Strategies for Wearables -- Brand Focus

Instructors: M. Van der Poel & F. Vial / Proef

Date: Tues., July 29, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $75 -- (Signups closed)

 

Learn how to use trends to inspire holistic brand and product strategies. Find out how to decode consumer trends, recognize opportunities for your brand, and translate trends into brand strategies.

Designing Wearable Technology for Humans

Instructor: Billie Whitehouse, Wearable Experiments

Date: Tues., July 29, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $45 -- (SOLD OUT)

 

Learn how to make wearable technology human. Learn to observe, design, create, and most importantly experiment with far-fetched ideas to come up with something new. In addition to hands-on paper prototyping, you'll learn how to maintain creative integrity while keeping a commercial reality through design elements and principles.

Inspiring Creative Strategies for Wearables –- Design Focus

Instructor: M. Van der Poel & J. Yonehara / Proef

Date: Wed., July 30, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $75 (Signups closed)

 

A hands-on workshop in which you'll learn how trends influence design implementation, specifically material and color strategies.

Who’s Set to Win & Why: An Overview of the Wearables Space

Instructor: Leah Hunter, Fast Company

Date: Thurs., July 31, 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $25 (Signups closed)

 

Designed for wearables newbies and those who want to deepen their knowledge, this class is based on not-yet-published interviews with wearables companies including Misfit, Pebble, Zackees, and OReillySolid Conference presenters.

Work with Me: Integrating Wearable Design & Technology

Instructor: Mark Eastwood, Intel

Date: Thurs., July 31, 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 (Signups closed)

 

Using devices recently announced at CES, we'll walk through what is currently possible at the cutting edge of wearables and related accessories. Explore how design and technology professionals work together, integrating their skills throughout the development process, from conceptual work to commercialization.

Cocktails & Demo with Google Glass @ Basecamp

Host: Google Basecamp

Date: Fri., Aug 1, 6-8 p.m.
FREE with access code (provided with any workshop or panel signup) (SOLD OUT)

 

Join members of the Google Glass team for a special evening of demos and cocktails. See examples of Glass, from our earliest prototypes to our latest collection -- and try it for yourself, an essential when designing for Glass. (Note location: Glass Basecamp, 350 Embarcadero, Suite 525, San Francisco 94105.)

Google Glass Design Sprint

Instructor: Google Glass Team

Date: Sat., Aug 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE with access code (provided with any workshop or panel signup) (SOLD OUT -- waitlist available)

 

Learn from one another and prototype new Glassware. We'll examine the design principles behind great Glassware (apps for Glass) and put these principles to use immediately. Whether you are a designer or developer, participate in this interactive workshop to explore using Glass to transform how people interact with technology.

Crowdfunding for Wearables

Instructor: Ben Bateman, Indiegogo

Date: Tues., Aug 5, 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $25 (Signups closed)

 

Learn to plan and execute a crowdfunding campaign focused on producing wearables. We'll cover the build of a campaign, how to design perks to test your market, and effective promotional strategies for your campaign.

Make it Meaningful: Designing Wearables We’ll Desire

Instructors: Lynda Grose, CCA; Lara Grant, CCA, Switch Embassy

Date: Tues., Aug 5, 8:15-10:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 (Signups closed)

 

This workshop introduces emergent concepts in the fashion and sustainability movement, with a specific focus on the “craft of use” movement. Participants learn which wearable technologies, products, systems, and emergent behaviors might amplify the craft of use as well as what new business models might be suggested through these explorations.

Methods & Materials: Prototyping Fashion-Forward Wearables

Instructors: Lara Grant, CCA, Switch Embassy; Lynda Grose, CCA

Date: Wed., Aug 6, 7-10 p.m.
Fee: $75 (SOLD OUT -- waitlist available)

 

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of materials and methods used in rapid prototyping soft goods with embedded technology, including how electronics and fashion fuse within the realm of DIY and what happens when we move to the manufacturing level. Gain experience with rapid prototyping from a fashion-and-textile-designer-turned-fashion technologist.

Why Should I Wear This?

Instructor: E. Glenewinkel, J. Rheinfrank / gravitytank

Date: Tues., Aug 5, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $45 (SOLD OUT)

 

Many wearables on the market are still searching for a clear value proposition. The result: consumer confusion as to which wearable to buy, and why they need one in the first place. This workshop focuses on how to evaluate and craft value propositions, and then translate them into prototypes based on clear needs and benefits.

Pitch & Pivot: How to Shift from Software to Hardware

Instructor: Leah Hunter, Fast Company

Date: Wed., Aug. 6, 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $25 (Signups closed)

 

Designed for aspiring wearables entrepreneurs, this class is based on interviews with hardware experts at BERG, Tindie, Highway1, and ThingsCon. Learn expert points of view about how software and hardware differ, what it takes to make and scale, and how to go from a service or software business to a hardware company

Fashionably Practical: Fusing Fashion + Technology

Instructors: K. Chan, CCA; Jen Costillo

Date: Wed., Aug 6, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $45 (Signups closed)

 

Learn how fashion designers and technologists can work together to plan and execute a practical methodology for designing a wearable. Coursework includes advice on how to identify the issues between fashion and technology and resolve them in the prototyping phase. (Note: This class may be taken as a standalone, but is complemented by the Sensor Technology & the Internet of Things workshop on Saturday, August 9.)

Don’t Make Me Stare: Scaling UX Design for Fleeting Attention

Instructor: Alfred Lui

Date: Wed., Aug. 6, 8:15-10 p.m.
Fee: $35 (Signups closed)

 

Wearable devices on people's wrists offer much richer information than watches ever conveyed, but with the added burden of cumbersome navigation and interruptions. We'll review case studies from successful consumer products and draw upon principles from cognitive psychology, human-computer interactions, and advertising to explore best practices in designing user experiences that scale with people's attention span.

Sensor Technology & the Internet of Things

Instructor: German Aparicio, CCA

Date: Sat., Aug 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $125 -- SOLD OUT -- waitlist available

 

Designers who understand the “guts” of wearables will make better design decisions and create more useable devices. This workshop teaches how to build a wearables device from scratch, including how to build small circuits using the LilyPad Arduino microcontroller and how to write simple code using Processing and Arduino. (Note: This class may be taken as a standalone, but is complemented by the Fashionable + Practical: Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration workshop on Wednesday, August 6.)

Killer Design. Now How Are You Going to Build It?

Instructor: Kurt Dammermann

Date: Tues., Aug 12, 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $35 -- Sign up now!

 

Explore how to avoid shortcomings and pitfalls of existing manufacturing techniques when trying to produce a truly wearable device. We’ll also discuss what’s brewing in terms of blue sky opportunities.

MEETUPS & PANELS

 

Internet of Things Meetup

Host: Alfred Lui, Chief Design Officer, Seer Labs

Date: Thurs., July 24, 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

A meetup dedicated to the design practices, technologies, insights, and opportunities around the next frontier of information access. Join in and help cross-pollinate ideas that will make information access more human, ubiquitous, and commercially viable.

The Quantified Self-Meetup

Host: Gary Wolf

Date: Mon., July 28, 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

A meetup for people taking advantage of various kinds of personal tracking to gain knowledge about themselves and the world around them. Come share what you are doing or learn from others.

Wearables from a UX Perspective (Panel discussion)

Moderator: Katy Mogal, Jawbone

Date: Tues., July 29, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

Join us and learn what our panel of brave and bold thinkers expects to happen with wearables in the next 12 to 18 months and beyond. Panelists include Eric Olsen (Karten Design), Neema Morvaveji (Stanford Calming Technology Lab), and Andreas Forsland (SmartStones). Mixer starts at 6 p.m.; panel starts at 7 p.m.

Wearables from a Fashion Design Perspective (Panel discussion)

Moderator: Leah Hunter, Fast Company

Date: Wed., July 30, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

Leading fashion experts discuss what wearable designers can learn from fashion designers and vice versa. Panelists include Amy Williams, chair of CCA's Fashion Design Program; M. Van der Poel, founder, Proef; Billie Whitehouse, cofounder, Wearable Experiments and Fundawear. Mixer starts at 6 p.m.; panel starts at 7 p.m. (Optional -- join us at 6 p.m. for a screening of The Next Black -- a movie about the future of fashion.)

Wearables -- What’s Next? (Panel discussion)

Moderator: Leah Hunter, Fast Company

Thurs., July 31, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

Leading wearables experts discuss what’s on the horizon in this rapidly evolving space. Panelists include Myriam Joire from Pebble; Barry Katz, CCA, Stanford; and Jonathan Palley, cofounder of Spire. Mixer starts at 6 p.m.; panel starts at 7 p.m.

Wearables from a Product Design Perspective (Panel discussion)

Moderator: Darrel Rhea

Date: Wed., Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 -- Sign up now!

 

A masterclass of product designers discuss key points in the design of wearable devices. Panelists include Max Burton, founder of Matter, and Brett Lovelady, founder of Astro and Astro Gaming. Mixer starts at 6 p.m.; panel starts at 7 p.m.

Sensory Tech: Optics, Haptics, Audio, and more (Panel discussion)

Moderator: Joshua Kauffman

Date: Wed., Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 (Signups closed)

 

What makes wearables work? Sensors mainly. Learn from this panel of leading sensor experts what's possible today and what's coming in the near future. Panelists include Dr. Sean White of BrightSky Labs; Dr. Andrew Hsu of Synaptics; and Steve Zadig of Vital Connect. Mixer starts at 6 p.m.; panel starts at 7 p.m.

Autodesk Design Night: Fashion + Tech

Host: Autodesk Gallery

Date: Thurs., Aug. 7, 6-10 p.m.
This event is SOLD OUT

 

 

WEARTECHCON: Art+Design of Wearable Tech Startups

Date: Fri., Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $10 -- Sign up now!

 

Startup Founders and Designers Panel -- A top-level view of how art and design, technology, and other cultural signifiers translate into fashion, fashion design, and the design of wearable technology

DMBA Foresight Film Festival Episode 1: Augmented Reality

Date: Thurs., Aug. 14, 7-10 p.m.
Fee: FREE (Must register) -- Sign up now!

 

The Foresight Film Festival kicks off CCA's new MBA in Strategic Foresight program. This first episode explores Augmented Reality -- how humans and machines will interact in the near future. The evening includes a full-length film and a short, followed by a panel discussion on techno-mediated reality. Panelists include Chris Noessel (from Cooper) and two additional guests (TBA). Please join us!