Aidan Taylor is Lecturer and Researcher at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is a designer maker who works in the fields of programmable electronics and fabrication technologies. His background is in composition and experimental music but also in professional music technology having spent some time working as a Hardware Development Engineer at Modal Electronics. Today his practice is broad, involving making with a wide range of emergent fabrication technologies and he specialises in the design and deployment of embedded systems for physical computing, electro-mechanical design and the 'Internet of Things'.
Aidan is a member of the Centre of Applied Research in Inclusive Art & Design (CARIAD) and Fab-Cre8 research communities. He was involved as a Research Assistant on The LAUGH Project, an AHRC funded design project set up by Professor Cathy Treadaway. LAUGH took an individualised approach to designing for people living with advanced dementia, and involved a diverse range of prototyping including sensory textiles and e-textiles, embedded audio, fidget objects and interactive electronics. He is now Director of Technology at HUG by LAUGH ltd.
Aidan is a trustee of Medrau Maindee Makers, and has been chair since 2018. Medrau Maindee Makers is a community charity based in Newport and created Creudy Casnewydd / Newport Makerspace.