For my final project, I will be creating interactive apparel. Specifically, I want to design a shirt that produces a light display when you high five, fist bump, or shake hands with someone else. This artifact will be designed to replicate the effects of a “like” on social media, the main difference being that this effect will occur in real life. Therefore, I plan to implement a flat design aesthetic in my artifact. Flat design is common in graphic design and characterized by minimalism, color gradients, and borderlines [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_design]. One popular example of flat design in the Instagram logo.
When applied to apparel, I want to utilize color gradients and borderlines to create this flat design aesthetic. This can be done by utilizing diffused LED strips along the stitch lines of a shirt along the sleeves. Here are two drawings of what these could look like.
I also wanted to explore what this would look like with some contrasting aesthetics. The first thing that came to mind to contrast the above was a grey scale aesthetic. This aesthetic is categorized by the elimination of saturation. The following image provides a helpful example of what light looks like in grey scale.
As can be seen from the above, there is a gradient from white to black. This effect I could replicate with a design similar to the designs above. This will, however, mean that RGB LEDs can no longer be used. Additionally, to amplify the effect, the shirt should be black instead of white.
After looking at the above sketch, the grey scale aesthetic is very appealing to me. Time permitting, I would also like to pursue this look for the final artifact. Another opposing aesthetic to the flat design look is an industrial aesthetic. This aesthetic is characterized by showcasing raw materials and is often utilized in architecture [https://ciptabaliarchitect.com/industrial-architecture-design/].
Applied to this project, this look can be demonstrated by eliminating light diffusion. This way, each individual light should be shown (possibly even exposing the wires).
I personally do not like the industrial iteration of this artifact. The sleekness of the previous designs enhance the look while this one inhibits the look I originally wanted to achieve.