Project Runway’s Touch of Technology

Set your DVRs and get ready – it’s that time of year again.


Project Runway 8 starts tonight!


I, for one, have been eagerly awaiting this ever since Seth Aaron stormed Bryant Park with his ultra-cool military-inspired collection in the Season 7 finale. Now, 17 new and aspiring designers are coming together to see if they can make it to the top through unique and challenging creative tasks.


As some of you may recall, in the HP and Intel design challenge last season, contestants were asked to create their own custom-pattern fabrics using the HP TouchSmart, which they then turned into breathtaking original pieces.




Not only am I excited to see what kind of mind-benders are in store for the new cast (who knew burlap sacks could be so chic last season?), I’m also thrilled to share that HP has reunited with Project Runway for a second season of techie design innovation!


Throughout the season, the designers will be trading in their pens and sketchpads for HP TouchSmart tm2 notebooks powered by Intel i5 processors to bring their visions to life in a whole new way. For a sneak-peek at the upcoming season, take a look at our Flickr album.


What were some of your favorite designers and challenges from last season, or from other past seasons? I can’t wait to hear your opinions on who makes the cut!

by lugbug
on ‎08-17-2010 06:42 PM

Does anyone know what software Emilio is using in this picture that is on the HP Touch Smart computer ? It looks like he is creating his image  on one side and on the other side it is replicating into a pattern. I can't find the software on the Touchsmart I recently bought  and it looks like it  is"HP" software since the HP  logo is on the right hand side at the top of the screen.

by Greta_Schlender
on ‎08-19-2010 01:26 PM

Hi lugbug,


The software that they contestants used to create the fabric was specially made for them to use on the show and, unfortunately, isn’t available for purchase.  However, one cool app you can use to exercise your creativity is Corel Paint It! It's included in the HP TouchSmart software.  Here’s their site:


You can also check out a demo here:


Hope that helps!  Hope you’re enjoying this latest season of Project Runway as much as I am.



by lugbug
on ‎08-20-2010 05:09 PM

Thanks so much - I have spent hours trying to find it, now I know. What about the software they use for sketching - is that preloaded on the Touchsmart or is that Corel Sketchpad software that must be purchased separately?

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