Meeting at the makerspace with fashion tech designer Anouk Wipprecht

(originally posted on Digicult – versione italiana sotto)

In “The Diamond Age, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer”, a cyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson, where a near-future world is revolutionised by nanotechnology, Constable – the protagonist’s adoptive father – asks her daughter Nell which path she wants to take: “conformity or rebellion?”. Nell’s goes: “Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded — they are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity.”

Somehow the path Anouk Wipprecht took in her life had to deal with some of the challenges which reminded me of Nell and, like her, she didn’t allow creativity to be sacrificed for conformity. Back in September I spent with Anouk a day wandering from location to location here in Milan, in order to meet all the appointments of her schedule and then perform at Meet the Media Guru, a series of events featuring international leaders in digital culture discussing a variety of topics from science to fashion and environment.

Her work as a fashion tech designer brings her all over the world, especially in the US, where a diverse range of companies like Intel, Samsung and Swarovski commissioned her installations and products mixing the futuristic aesthetics of digital fabrication design, with the most innovative components of wearable tech. Since she started working in this field 12 years ago, she’s been developing 37 projects mainly transforming dresses into interfaces: through the use of robotics and open hardware finally fashion starts talking to us.

During our conversation and her keynotes, it’s clear how for Anouk Wipprecht that fashion means mainly dealing with expressiveness and communication. Born in the Netherlands she studied fashion since age 14 even if her family, not having a wealthy background, would have preferred she’d chosen something more oriented to a “real job”, like being a lawyer or a doctor. In those days Anouk was into drawing and the act of sketching garments became a way to express herself and overcome her introvert attitude. Continue reading Meeting at the makerspace with fashion tech designer Anouk Wipprecht


Video report di Fashion Goes Interactive


Il video del workshop alla Tinkering Zone del Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica di Milano.
che si e’ tenuto l’8 novembre 2014, in collaborazione con Henkel. Spunti, riflessioni e idee nel video reportage realizzato durante la giornata. Contributi di Zoe Romano, Cristina Tajani, Maria Xanthoudaki e Maria Grazia Mattei.

Patents in US / Brevetti negli USA

Patents in USA - click to interact
Patents in USA

(EN) Every week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes a file with the list of about 3000 new patents registered. Richard Vijgen has created a web application to navigate and explore those patents through an infographic interface. You can also browse by date and the image of this post shows italian patents registered this week in USA.  The source code is available !


(IT) Ogni settimana l’ United States Patent and Trademark Office pubblica un file con la lista dei circa 3000 nuovi brevetti registrati. Richard Vijgen ha creato un’applicazione web interattiva per espolorare quei brevetti attraverso un’interfaccia grafica. La selezione può essere fatta anche per data e l’immagine di questo post mostra il numero dei brevetti italiani registrati in USA questa settimana.  E il codice sorgente è disponibile online!

Stats, democracy and open standards/ Statistiche, democrazie e standard aperti

SVG web toolkit
SVG web toolkit - click to play

(EN) Visuell wrote a clear post about SVG and using open standards to visualize statistics and shows also an experiment with his animated population pyramid.


(IT) Visuell ha scritto un post che tratta in modo chiaro la tecnologia SVG e l’utilizzo di standard aperti per visualizzare statistiche. Inoltre mostra anche un’esempio  in cui ha realizzato la piramide interattiva della popolazione tedesca.

Parliamentarians and good governance / Parlamentari e buona governance

What World MPs Really Make
What World MPs Really Make

(EN) Is there a connection between good governance and how much parlamentarians are paid? Shakeupmedia made an interactive map confronting 3 indexes (Democracy Index, the UN’s Human Development Index and the Perception of Corruption Index) to compare countries in the world. Larger the angle, farther from center the dot, worse the governance. Click and drag to find all of them!

(IT) C’è una qualche relazione tra una buona governance e quanto sono pagati i suoi parlamentari? Shakeupmedia ha prodotto una mappa interattiva mettendo a confronto 3 indici  (l’indice di democrazia, quello di sviluppo umano e l’indice di percezione della corruzione) per comparare i paesi del mondo.  Più grande è l’angolo, più lontano e il puntino dal centro, peggiore è la governance. Clicca e trascina per trovarli tutti.

Check your quake reactions / Verifica le tue reazioni al terremoto


(EN) San Francisco Department of Emergency Management released an illustrated quiz to spread information about how to protect yourself during earthquakes in different situations. It’s called QuakeQuiz and the graphic is pretty awsome.


(IT) Il Dipartimento di Emergency Management di San Francisco ha pubblicato un quiz illustrato per diffondere i giusti comportamenti per proteggersi in varie situazioni in cui ci si può trovare durante i terremoti. Si chiama QuakeQuiz e la grafica è da vedere.

He’s got it bigger / Lui ce l’ha più grosso

Income gap between men and women
Income gap between men and women

(EN) Disparity in salary is a reality every woman has to deal with in her professional career. The interactive infographic published online by New York Times shows clearly that the higher the wage, the greater the disparity (female surgeons earn 40% less! ).

(IT) Le disparità di salario sono una realtà che ogni donna si trova a dover affrontare nella sua carriera professioale. Per avere un’idea dei livelli toccati negli States esplorate l’infografica pubblicata sul New York Times che mostra, dalle ultime statistiche, come le donne guadagnino meno a tutti i livelli. Ma non solo, più si guadagna più la disparità aumenta (le chirurghe guadagnano circa il 40% in meno!).