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  • Concept:Biology => well-validated structures for intelligent designCan biological structures and forms can be deconstructed or abstracted to building blocks for the creation of novel/unprecedented and functional wearables?Biological structure and forms can be deconstructed and applied to wearables to create novel, functional shapes. If biology can provide the inspiration for intelligent, modern design, I would like to explore this premise: using biological structures and forms as the building blocks for creating novel and functional wearables.
  • 2D->3D, Robert Lang
  • Biology, DIY, 2D->3D


  • 1. crystallized
    Katherine Lee
  • 2. concept
  • 3. research concept
    Biology is a source of myriad well-validated structures & shapes
    These forms can be deconstructed or abstracted and used as building blocks to create novel wearables and explore unprecedented applications.
  • 4. design questions
    How can biological structures and forms be meaningfully deconstructed and applied to wearables?
    What novel and functional architectures can be created
    When thinking of these geometries as building blocks, which elements must be held constant and which may be stretched or changed?
    What applications might there be for such forms in other realms?
  • 5. domains + precedents
  • 6. treemaker origami
    Domains: 2D->3D forms, DIY
  • 7. mashallah designs
    Domains: 2D->3D forms, biology, data viz, DIY wearables
  • 8. Diana Eng’s deployable structures
  • 9. prototypes
  • 10.
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  • 15. users
  • 16. target user profile
    Category: Fashion/design enthusiasts, particularly DIY community
    Age: 18-40
  • 17. user groups:
  • 18. testing
  • 19.
  • 20. Chictopia Poll:
    Would you wear this if it were made in a more forgiving fabric?
    21% yes
    24% probably
    35% probably not
    21% no
    Total votes: 34
  • 21. next steps
  • 22. the rest of this month
    Clay’s scarf (this week)
    Jen’s balaclava/muffler (this week)
    Kits for both of these (next week)
    Kit for hoody
    Test the kits at another make party
  • 23. winterim/next semester
    develop screen-based interface
    start my teen modeling career