Lisa Marks and Ian Harmon

Assistant Professor and Research Assistant
Industrial Design Department, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lisa is an international keynote speaker and Industrial Design researcher specializing in combining craft and algorithmic design. She uses technological adaptations of traditional techniques to promote sustainable methods of production that help endangered craft communities. Her work has been shown at design weeks in New York, Milan, Bangkok, and India, and has also won the 2019 International Grand Prix Lexus Design Award. Lisa is an Assistant Professor and Director of The Algorithmic Craft Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lisa collaborates with Ian Harmon, her research assistant. Ian is an Industrial Design student at the Georgia Institute of Technology with an interest in nature and bioinformatics.
Biomimetic Algorithms: Rattlesnake Orchids
30 x 30 cm
Laser Etched Acrylic
2021
Inspired by the Goodyera pubescens, more commonly known as the Rattlesnake Orchid, these plates depict artistic variations of the variegation patterns found within its leaves. Using Grasshopper, we produced these patterns through a jittered variation of a Voronoi structure that has been geometricized into different polygons and concentrations. We hope to continue with this piece to create freestanding embroidered lace that represents various flora native to Georgia in the near future.