James Novak is a PhD candidate, lecturer, Industrial Designer and self-confessed 3D printing nerd at Griffith University. His research is currently looking into the opportunity for smart products to physically evolve throughout their use, in particular for the sports and health industries where the relationship between humans and products is heavily intertwined and always unique.
James has a truly interdisciplinary skill-set, having started his career as an Architect, before studying Industrial Design at Griffith University. After spending a number of years working in professional practice on projects including the Q1 Skypoint Climb on the Gold Coast and the MagnaLatch ML3 Pool Gate Latch, James returned to Griffith University in 2014 to complete an Honours research project to 3D print the world’s first full-size bicycle frame in a single print. The bicycle, called FIX3D, has since been exhibited around the world and culminated in winning the prestigious Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award at the RAPID 2015 conference, the world’s leading 3D printing event. It is also on permanent exhibition in Griffith University’s Red Zone visitors centre on the Gold Coast.
James’ PhD research sees him collaborate with researchers from various schools within Griffith including a number of projects with the health school around wearable technologies and prosthetics. He is also involved with the sports science faculty, recently taking the role of lead Industrial Designer at SABEL Labs, the Sports and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory based within Griffith University.
Alongside his 3D printing expertise, James is well known for his fusion of technology and human interaction, with Dizygotic exhibited at Design Philadelphia (2015) and Drawn to Customisation exhibited at the ACM-SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems conference (2016). He is frequently invited to speak and publish material for conferences, with highlights including RAPID, Long Beach (2015), the Wearable Tech in Sport Conference, Melbourne (2016), Inside 3D Printing Sydney (2016), and Drawing International Brisbane (2015).
James is recognised as a leader in 3D printing and associated digital technologies, identified by the Queensland Government as a Digital Champion under their Advance Queensland scheme, and frequently running workshops for high school students, teachers and the community.