By Jess Van Nostrand

Yuri Suzuki. Colour Chaser. 2010–13. Plastic and electronics components. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer. Photograph by Hitomi Kai Yoda

Yuri Suzuki. Colour Chaser. 2010–13. Plastic and electronics components. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer. Photograph by Hitomi Kai Yoda

What would music made from a conversation between a robot and a drawing sound like? How can you improve someone’s day using only creativity and an old toothbrush? Can discarded electronics be repurposed to make a responsive video project about endangered species? How can you print a dress—yes, in an actual printer—that flows like natural fabric?

Good ideas can come from anywhere, and this fall a roster of artists, designers, and inventors share their innovative design ideas and processes in the Design Interactions Studio, a unique workshop series from October 21 through November 14.

Juan Cortés, Hybrid. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Lina Velandia

Directed by inventors, designers, artists, and educators, this four-week series—featuring everything from workshops to artist Q&As to evening conversations and social hours—is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experiment with design. Participants can create new sounds and video using the Arduino with artist Juan Cortés; make a musical instrument with Colour Chaser and Ototo inventor Yuri Suzuki; enter a drawing contest for Best New Icon; and join a conversation with Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, who designed the 3-D-printed Kinematics Dress. Other special guests include Pioneer Works director of education and tech innovator David Sheinkopf (who designed Taylor Swift’s eye-popping attire for her current tour); BFDA founder and director Debera Johnson; Electronic artist Michna; and Eyebeam artists-in-residence Joshue Ott and Kenneth Kirschner; along with many others.

littleBits. Courtesy of littleBits. Photo: Louis Seigal

littleBits. Courtesy of littleBits. Photo: Louis Seigal

In the spirit of experimentation as a method for learning, the Design Interactions Studio gives everyone the chance to experiment with new design technology and join in engaging conversations about how design impacts our lives every day. Please join us for this unique program and discover your own good ideas.

All sessions are free! Visit the Studio website for more information and to register.

Read more here:: This Is For You: Design Interactions at the Studio