80 episodes

Inspiring Design... hosted by Rashan Senanayake is the intersection of design, technology and education. Our featured guests are the best of the best, sharing their knowledge in design, global technologies, design thinking, industry standards and most importantly how it connects back to education.

For more information on your host, please visit www.rashansenanayake.com.au

It’s the way to transform new realities, enabling new futures.

Inspiring Design Rashan Senanayake

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

Inspiring Design... hosted by Rashan Senanayake is the intersection of design, technology and education. Our featured guests are the best of the best, sharing their knowledge in design, global technologies, design thinking, industry standards and most importantly how it connects back to education.

For more information on your host, please visit www.rashansenanayake.com.au

It’s the way to transform new realities, enabling new futures.

    S04 : Ep. 24 : Business Innovation & Quality Management Systems in Advanced Manufacturing featuring Kylie Warren

    S04 : Ep. 24 : Business Innovation & Quality Management Systems in Advanced Manufacturing featuring Kylie Warren

    In this episode, join Dr. Kylie Warren, a pioneering figure in Advanced Manufacturing (AM), for an in-depth discussion on the aspects that result in business innovation within an exciting industry. Explore the nuances between quality control, assurance, and management systems, and discover their diverse applications across stakeholders within AM. Kylie shares insights into the pivotal role of technology in driving advancements, showcasing cutting-edge tools and methodologies. Breaking stereotypes in a historically male-dominated field, Kylie highlights exciting career pathways for both genders in AM. She emphasises the crucial blend of hard and soft skills, including design thinking and STEAM education, essential for success in this evolving landscape. For students, graduates, and educators alike, Kylie offers invaluable advice drawn from her experience, guiding aspiring professionals and educational institutions toward preparing for the demands of this exciting industry. Tune in for a captivating conversation filled with industry insights, career guidance, and the evolving landscape of Advanced Manufacturing.

    • 35 min
    S04 : Ep. 23 : Concept to Construction: Design & Manufacturing Workflows Featuring Nathan Rice

    S04 : Ep. 23 : Concept to Construction: Design & Manufacturing Workflows Featuring Nathan Rice

    Dive into the realm of design and manufacturing workflows with Nathan Rice, the innovative force behind iFab. Discover how concepts evolve into steel masterpieces through meticulous design and advanced manufacturing, powered by the technologies incorporating Augmented Reality, CAD and automation in future. Nathan unveils the crucial details of the workflow in bringing a concept idea to life, through to construction! Along the way he humbly shares insights on the impact of technology on the industry, reflecting on the past and forecasting the future. Learn about the key skills driving success in this field—sketching, critical thinking, research, and communication—all grounded in design thinking's fusion of creativity and problem-solving. Tune into this video episode, offering a roadmap into the captivating world of design, manufacturing, and innovation workflows.

    • 42 min
    S04 : Ep. 22 : Augmented Reality X Design: How AR Can Transform The Way We Create & Design, Featuring Gwyllim Jahn

    S04 : Ep. 22 : Augmented Reality X Design: How AR Can Transform The Way We Create & Design, Featuring Gwyllim Jahn

    AR – The Technology that can transform the way we design & create! Join us as we delve into the captivating world of Augmented Reality (AR) with visionary expert Gwyllim Jahn (Co-founder and Creative Director of Fologram). Discover the background, applications, and future prospects of this groundbreaking technology that is reshaping industries and changing the way we design. Gwyllim shares his inspiring journey and the reasons behind his passion for AR alongside the history, fun facts, and the growing importance of AR in various sectors. Gain valuable insights into the immediate future of AR in 2025 as well as its long-term prospects. Explore exciting career pathways within the AR sector and the key skills valued in the industry, from design thinking to STEaM to communication. Uncover the complementary technologies that enhance AR's potential with expert advice for students, graduates, teachers, schools, and tertiary institutions on navigating the world of AR. Tune into this episode for a thought-provoking discussion that unlocks the door to a world where reality and imagination merge, shaping the future of technology and human experiences.

    • 33 min
    S04 : Ep. 21 : Flying Cars : The Future is Here, Featuring Jacky Yang

    S04 : Ep. 21 : Flying Cars : The Future is Here, Featuring Jacky Yang

    Drive? Fly? No problem! In this episode, we present the futuristic concept of flying cars, brought to life by an advanced manufacturer: Pegasus. To speak about this amazing feat, this episode features the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Pegasus, Jacky Yang. Jacky with his unique background of helicopter piloting and driving / mechanical experience in race car driving shares his experience and insight into what it takes behind the scenes to design and manufacture flying cars in Australia. He humbly shares the story behind the start-up, the challenges and the many skill sets, engineering disciplines, alongside design thinking, physics and material understanding that paves the way for a successful flying car designer. Jacky also shares the amazing combination of technologies that are behind the scenes to make flying cars a possibility and how AI integration will be a future milestone. It is said to become a trillion-dollar industry within the next few decades and is the perfect time to harness the power of flying!  Tune into this episode and gain the valuable insights into the combo of vehicle x aerospace sector.

    • 32 min
    S04 : E20 : AI x Creativity – Measuring the Unmeasurable Featuring Paul Browning

    S04 : E20 : AI x Creativity – Measuring the Unmeasurable Featuring Paul Browning

    AI – the leading technological development in 2023. In this episode, we dive deep into the topic of AI and its impact on education with one of the leading Principals in the field, Dr. Paul Browning – Headmaster of St. Paul’s School, Brisbane. We start off by discussing the age-old question: Should we fear AI or embrace it? Pauls shares his insights on this topic and explains how AI is the future and has the capabilities to revolutionise education in the coming years – as it should! Expanding on this, Paul shares his thoughts on how AI can transform the way students learn and how educators need to teach, especially in preparing our students for the future world. Coming to main focus to creative thinking, Paul shares an insightful answer to the question, "Can you actually measure it?", he introduces us to the concept of "Realms of Thinking" and discusses how measuring the unmeasurable is possible with the help of AI, across any curriculum, while being able to measure it in an amazing way. Tune in to this episode and join us as we explore the exciting world of AI, creativity, design thinking, creativity and future of education with Dr. Paul Browning.

    • 29 min
    S04 : Ep. 19 : The Aerospace Sector – Design Thinking, Technologies and more… Featuring Karl Domjahn

    S04 : Ep. 19 : The Aerospace Sector – Design Thinking, Technologies and more… Featuring Karl Domjahn

    Let’s fly! In this episode, we feature an aerospace sector prodigy Karl Domjahn, a Lead Propulsion Engineer at Gilmour Space Technologies. Karl begins by discussing the Aerospace industry's different aspects, such as defence, commercial, and space, and how they contribute to Australia's economy. The Aerospace industry provides direct employment to more than 20,000 people in Australia and contributes billions of dollars to the economy. Karl then expands his insights on the industry's potential for the immediate future and in the next 10-20 years and explains that there is significant growth potential in the industry, particularly in the space sector, as Australia's capabilities in space technology continue to develop. As we continue, Karl sheds light on the exciting career opportunities available in the Aerospace industry. He explains that the industry offers a diverse range of roles, including engineers, scientists, technicians, and project managers, among others. These roles require a mix of hard and soft skills, such as design thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Tune into this episode and gain the valuable insights into the Aerospace sector and the exciting career pathways it offers as a major sector in the coming decades.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Maddie Taylor - Brisbane ,

Passion and hard work

This engaging podcast draws together a range of great thinkers and doers (often one and the same!), and is testement to Rashan's dedication to the field of design. Very proud to be part of it.

Ryan Tuckwood ,

Innovation meets sincerity

Thank you Rashan for putting together such a forward thinking podcast and allowing me to share my story.

You have an inate ability to make people feel comfortbale and ultimately get deeper to the core message for your listeners to take true value.

Great work and look forward to listening to more as they're released.

FreddySX ,

The only podcast I take notes from

This podcast is a great resources for design educators and design thinkers. There is a great balance of educators, product experts, industry experts, and student experiences.

It keeps you thinking outside your own bubble and plants seeds of new ideas in your mind.

Give it a listen!

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