I remember the future…

Retro Future

For this project I’d like to explore my relationship with technology: past, present, and future.  This project will focus on making personal, existing technology/ies wearable.  Incorporating the fantastical and costume design chic.  Not only the general pasts’ imagined future (Retro Future, or Paleofuture), but also MY past’s imagined future.  I’d like to focus more on the wearable, and less on the technology.  Using the technology we’ve learned this past year as merely a prop—a springboard for the imagination.

My initial focus will be a arm/wristband iPod holder.  The design aesthetic will be that of the “future portable computer,” as imagined/inspired by past science-fiction.  Bringing together the past, the present, and the future, all in one wearable.

I am excited for how this project will develop.  I am assuming it will shift and evolve as I prototype and experiment, and I’ll keep posting developments.

PLAN:
This past weekend, I made a big awesome wristband, and have been wearing it, to get a good/better idea of a properly made wearable (I tried wearing my awesome wristband from last semester, and it turns out… not so wearable…).  This week I will be adapting a simple snap case to be sewable (drilling small holes), and have that attached to a new wristband for next Tuesday.  From there, I will be exploring with shape, trying foam and felt.  I hope to have that mostly sorted out by the end of March, and might try exploring simple circuits as adornment if time is generous.

Inspirational/reference images:

Leela, from Futurama

Penny's watch from Inspector Gadget

Dick Tracy's radio wrist watch

The Griffin slap iPod nano wristband

Armband cases for iPods & iPhones

Books for reference from the OCAD library:
Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future
by Josepf J. Corn & Brian Horrigan
Where’s My Space Age? The rise and fall of futuristic design
by Sean Topham
Out of Time: designs for the twentieth-century future
by Norman Brosterman
Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel
by Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett

Films:
Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)
Discovery Channel’s 2057 (2007)

Websites (so far):
PaleoFuture
The Phubby

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