Here is our first concept video showing how people react to a sick individual wearing the Chic Peak jacket. Watch it Here.
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From task to scenario to product in 48-hours, an 8-person team of Industrial Design and Masters Industrial Design students at the University of the Arts worked together for the annual Charrette, Swine Design.
Why not take an uncomfortable issue and create a social dialogue? Step into a new line of clothing and accessories that address your desire to maintain personal space and everyone’s need to stay healthy this flu season.
Our unisex jacket provides you with a striking way to get where you’re going – no matter the means of transportation – while maintaining a safe yet friendly distance from other passengers.
Made in Philadelphia from Eco-fi felt, a high-quality polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, our wearables send a distinct message to others that says, “I’m under the weather and you may not want to get too close to me right now…”
The tradition of a “charrette” has a long history in the Industrial Design department at the University of the Arts. Charrette is the coming together of sophomores, juniors, seniors and masters students for a three-day collabortive design marathon. Each fall, the ID department suspends classes and divides the student population into groups, each consisting of equal members from all grade levels to form design teams.
A theme or “design challenge,” formed by faculty, is presented the first morning of charrette and is often relevant to a current topic or issue in society of that present time. Students are asked to research & respond to this topic and ultimately create & present their final solution through research, sketches, models, visual presentations, videos, and photographs.
The theme of charrette at the University of the Arts in 2009 was “Swine Design.” In the midst of flu season, this topic is extremely relevent and real. Each of the groups were assigned different topics to follow under the theme of “swine flu.” The topic were were assigned to tackle was transportation. The question to be addressed is how might “design” play a role in keeping passenger safe transportation?