Francis' Open Road
Searching Will Lead You (1:10)
Math Is Poetry (1:18)
Finding Your Place (0:40)
Designer vs. Artist (1:41)
Define Success (0:38)
Haute Couture Designer
Francis Bitonti Studio
People tell you art and math have nothing to do with each other. But I had this experience where someone showed me math like an artist, and I think I unconsciously devoted my career to closing that gap.
- Says his path was "not linear at all"; he wanted to be a writer, he wanted to be a marine biologist, he majored in communications, then engineering, etc.
- For a while, he felt like loving everything was actually going to be a setback when he was searching for a career.
- He'd never particularly liked math until he took a calculus class that was taught through computer-generated imagery and fell in love.
- Once he was shown "math as an art," he realized that there was beauty in the patterns of code and math that he could appreciate.
- He started his first studio out of his apartment, sleeping next to his 3D printers.
- The field of 3D printing is rapidly evolving in front of him, and he's excited to stay right on the cusp of its development.
- Among the interesting things his studio has produced is one of the first 3D-printed couture gowns, designed for Dita von Teese.
- Says "if your life is going to be something really amazing, it will have nothing to do with anyone's life that came before you."