Lecture by Scott Summit, Co-Founder of Bespoke Innovations

Enjoyed a lecture by Scott Summit at the California College of the Arts yesterday evening. Being a huge fan of the lecture series at CCA, I love the fact that the artist talks are open and free to the public. If you find yourself in San Francisco, it’s definitely great to take advantage of these events (especially if you want to keep yourself apprised of art and design). Above, I posted Summit’s TedxCambridge Talk. Although last night’s lecture was geared towards budding industrial designers, I found it extremely informative and learned some new things (i.e., additive fabrication/manufacturing). Overall, it was fascinating to see concepts designed virtually and brought to fruition through additive fabrication (aka 3D modeling). Having a profound interest in the translation between virtual to physical (and vice versa), the presentation was pretty enthralling. As for some of the conceptual and creative aspects of industrial design, Summit stated the importance of the following in the design process.

  1. Create uniqueness
  2. Design like Nature
  3. Create for the Body
  4. Increase Complexity to Reduce Cost
  5. Start a product company with no upfront cost
  6. Really (Truly) Optimize – Perform, Feedback, and Revision
  7. See things you couldn’t see before
  8. Low Power Consumption
  9. Self Replication – The machine’s ability to print itself
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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

4 thoughts on “Lecture by Scott Summit, Co-Founder of Bespoke Innovations”

  1. My opinion is somewhat biased, nevertheless,

    I am amazed yet not surprised that Dorothy got so much out of that short lecture. Her views are indeed multi-dimensional, fueled by sensitivity and compassion.

    I haven’t been impressed by anything like that since fractals. This guy’s a hero in his sphere just like Steve Jobs was at his.

    1. I definitely believe artwork that addresses human need and helps solve a complex problem (in this case, helping amputees showcase something different in such a beautiful way). Summit stated during his lecture that Bespoke is not trying to re-create a human leg but to showcase the difference in such a way where the fairing serves as a memorial and sculpture. I like that idea and it was wonderful hearing him talk about something he is very passionate about.

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