Office Hrs w/ Danny



Today I scheduled a couple office hours, one with Danny & one with Jingwen later tonite for Intro to Wearables. I wanted to talk about the possibilities of using a servo motor on a garment to help reveal elements in an automated way. We talked about lots of possibilities from complex to more simplified, with the simplest option being a drawstring pull that would reveal an element on the back like a curtain pull.


Initially talked about / thought through a couple concepts / questions:

  • Gravity is our friend: 
    • how to take advantage of gravity when designing for automation?
      • ex: instead of it being a horizontal reveal? Make it vertical instead for a smooth motion
        • this will also help with not creating a feeling of a new appendage due to the metal dowel sweeping out


  • Storytelling:
    • What is this interaction trying to articulate?
      • Are there symbolisms or analogies its conveying?
      • What is it about eye mimicry that I’m hoping to incorporate?
        • thinking about its actual protective or attracting functionality in nature
    • Using Natural mechanical processes to guide the design decisions?
      • How aspects of our body already perform similar motor functions / how to mirror it like an eyelid shutting & opening?


  • How to make it soft vs hard:
    • how to hide the mechanical parts to make it feel more incorporated & soft?
      • ex: hiding the servo in a michael jackson style shoulder pad, epaulettes or a puffy collar
      • Thinking about how to have a external layer that could protect the hardware / hide the servo + metal dowel? Maybe elevated shoulder pads that slightly project backward

A) Thinking about the history of epaulettes from military to decorative

B) The Storm Shield / Gun flap on coats?” Assumed by many to be padding for a rifle butt, the “gun” flap is actually a protective flap to ensure water does not slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders.”

C) Using seam lines to help disguise elements?


Servos + Pushrods

Connecting Servos & Shafts


Eyespot Mimicry + SevoAssisted Paperengineering in clothing




Thinking about servo-assisted paper engineering applied to clothing, and how the benefits of popup books can help reveal and disguise certain elements onto a garment.  Maybe when it unfolds? It reveals another eye like Eyespot Mimicry in Nature using an M-fold variation? Or maybe it reveals spikes in our clothing? When feeling a little edgier or wanting to feel less soft by applying pyramidal popups?







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Artist in the Archive: W5


For this week’s homework, we’re building off of the MARC template overviewed in class to create investigative “excavations” of the Library of Congress’ digital archive via the MARC records . How can we reveal something new to us and others through these new connections? We talked about about nodes and edges via graph theory, and apply that sort of thinking to the MARC records using Sigma.js + Node.js. 

How do we get from looking at Marc to some interesting computational questions? In class we took a look at 4 sort of methodical approaches to take/ think about when approaching a collection: composition, comparison, distribution, and relation. We also talked about approaching the process in different ways, like from the view of traditional archeological excavations/digs and their fieldnotes. How can we borrow that sort of dissection and physical representation of process & data to our MARC explorations?




  1.  Img of Excavation Field Notes
  2. Athenian Agora Excavation Field Notes 
  3. Smarter digs with an archaeology lab

  4. Random img



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