Week 1: Introduction – January 29
Introduction to the course and review of the landscape over the past 15 years: what has worked, what has not, what are some of the recurring challenges that prevent wearable technologies and wearable environments from gaining mass adoption.
Class Lecture & Slides
In Class Assignment:
in 10 seconds write the definition of:
On Fashion by Georg Simmmell
1. Make a shirt/tunic that has an LED (or other electronic component) that turns on only when worn. You can start by adapting these instructions. You might want to use some of these supplies which you can easily get either at Mood or Daytona Trimmings
– pattern paper
– safety pins
– chalk pencil or tailor’s chalk
– measuring tape
Make a prototype using muslin, an inexpensive white or cream fabric, so you can experiment and trace where your electronics will go, before you construct your final shirt. Make it so you can imagine yourself wearing this garment.
2. Keep a photo-journal of what you wear for the next week. Explain what made you choose each outfit.
3. Write at least a one paragraph reflection on the reading and post it along with the rest of your assignments at your blog. Link your blog to this page.
“The apparel oft proclaims the man.”-Shakespeare, Hamlet
“I ask him if there are colours he doesn’t like. ‘A colour can’t exist until there is someone who wears it and whom it suits. In that sense I like all colours that suit different skin textures.’ He chuckles a little shyly, and adds: ‘I can say things with clothes better than I can with words.’ But, after thinking for a moment, he arrives at what he meant. ‘My raw material isn’t fabric,’ Gaultier says, ‘it’s human beings. Voila!’ from “Rebel with a corset”, The Observer, August 28, 2000
“As the mediating forces between the body and the entirety of the external world, the senses are both biological and cultural, empirical and imaginative, objective and intensely personal.” from The University of Chicago: Theories of Media: Keywords Glossary
“The word “affordance” was originally invented by the perceptual psychologist J. J. Gibson (1977, 1979) to refer to the actionable properties between the world and an actor (a person or animal). To Gibson, affordances are a relationship. They are a part of nature: they do not have to be visible, known, or desirable. Some affordances are yet to be discovered. Some are dangerous. I suspect that none of us know all the affordances of even everyday objects.” Don Norman, Designing for People