Emerging Sydney-based designer and UNSW Art & Design graduate, Lilian Hambling, has won the 2017 Young Design of the Year Award for her digitalised, responsive, and wearable men’s clothing.
The Young Australian Design Awards are suite of national design prizes geared at encouraging and recognising emerging creative practitioners in the areas of design, engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Awards were created to inspire the next generation of Australian designers and to help foster a culture of creative problem-solving in terms of sustainable urban living Australia.
Hambling specialises in the areas of graphics, textiles, and fashion design. Her winning entry into the Young Australian Design Awards, E-motion, is an investigation into design and the uses of wearable technologies.
Intrigued with the concept of non-verbal communication, particularly that of human males, Hambling has developed a suite of clothing that signals through a gridded lighting display the physiological state of the wearer’s body.
The garments operate on the use of sensors, detecting changes in pulse and body temperature and conveying the changing emotional state of the wearer. Hambling explains that by enabling “men to be more openly expressive, the stereotypical expectations of masculinity can change; instead of hiding them away, feelings – such as love, anger, fear, and sadness – can be displayed as interactive gestures.”
Hambling’s winning work was selected by a nationwide jury of design professionals according to the following criteria:
- Innovation – the creation of superior and unique solutions that meet requirements for new and existing market needs;
- Technology – the design of products that incorporate the use of new technologies, processes, and systems to achieve a goal or perform a specific function;
- Sustainability – the design of products, services, and systems that meet principles of social, environmental, and ecological sustainability;
- Design Excellence – Achieving within a product a level of excellence recognized as the best design outcome for quality and commerciality.
E-motion was also showcased last year as part of the Australian Design Centre's Designing Bright Futures project highlighting the work of selected new UNSW Art & Design graduates.
The Young Australian Design Awards are made possible by Good Design, Australia longest-standing national design award and one of the key forums for professional designers to showcase their design expertise to national and international audiences.
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