Summing up 2020: Jackson Hootman

My final project for the Aesthetic of Design course was entitled COVID Apparel. This project consisted of making dynamic clothing to encourage social distancing by flashing addressable LEDs red when contact is detected. All posts relating to this project can be found below: Project inspirations: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/19/main-project-inspirations-wearable-technologies/ Project aesthetics: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/26/main-project-aesthetic-flat-design/ Project constraints: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/03/04/main-project-top-5-constraints-6/ Project design review…
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Final Project Part 2: COVID Apparel

Timeline As an overview, my project (COVID Apparel) involved developing interactive apparel that encourages social distancing during the COVID-19. The project timeline went largely as expected. The only noticeable changes were larger shipping times for electrical parts. COVID Apparel timeline The week of the Design Review will (3/09 – 3/15) was designated for ordering prototyping…
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Construction Update: From Dopamine to COVID Apparel

For my final project, I initially intended to create interactive apparel encouraging in-person interactions. Given the recent pandemic, I do not believe this project will have the positive impact I initially desired. With that in mind, I have decided to pivot, creating apparel that discourages contact (for the time being). The principles are the same…
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Design Review Part 2: Dopamine Interactive Apparel

Timeline As an overview, my project (Dopamine) will be developing interactive apparel that encourages real life interaction the same way social media encourages online interaction. Dopamine Timeline   The week of the Design Review will be designated for ordering prototyping materials and practicing my sewing skills. These materials include LED breakout boards, microcontrollers, and inexpensive…
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Interactive Apparel: Top 5 Constraints

For my project I will be creating interactive LED apparel. The project will require capacitive touch sensors and LED strips. As the development progress continues, it is important to determine the most significant constraints on the artifact. Aesthetic https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Instagram_Logo.jpg   Aesthetic constitutes a large constraint for this project. I will be utilizing flat design for…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Tessellations

A tessellation refers to the repeated use of geometric tiles to fill a larger space without any gaps. In this way, tessellations combine both artistic ideals and mathematical problem solving. Initially though, tessellations served a more decorative purpose, dating back all the way to 4000 BCE where Sumerians utilized them in patterned clay walls [1].…
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