research concept Molecular 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.
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?
target user profile Category: Fashion/design enthusiasts, particularly DIY community Age: 18-40
methodology Some stock developed pieces Screen-based interface Physical kit
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connections Outside design world Diana Eng Burdastyle Greg Nervous System Funding IndieGoGo Kickstarter
challenges Social assumptions about viruses This concept doesn’t address genetic content of viruses, either the genetic material encased inside viruses, genetic variance, evolution, or mutations Too many constraints with icosahedron Scalability Can this be a small business? Technical Must build a friendlier interface than what’s out there now
What to keep Things I like: the architectural/structural appearance DIY/customizability Unexpected shapes Things I want to create: movement with body juxtaposition of rigidity with fluidity
tents A million little geometric pockets sewn into it, and you have a few different models that you can “build” by strategically inserting boning or placing rigid inserts into certain pockets A map for which bits to put where to create certain shapes