PHF 2017 | A 04

Post-Human Factors


Assignment 04

This semester we will be designing a wearable apparatus for exploring the embodiment of designed artifacts. This project will require you to incorporate physical and virtual practices into a singular semester long project. Our design exploration is comprised of five assignments which will require you to work both independently within your assigned group and collaboratively with your assigned group.

In this two-week assignment, you are asked to develop a series of connections and details that you will use to craft your final apparatus. In doing so pay special attention to how the details of an object (how it is assembled, and how materials and forms create a unified whole) effect the way a a wearer and uses and feels using your apparatus, and how others interact with it. 



Follow the "steps" below to insure your model is unrolled properly



Individual file naming convention: 



Group file naming convention:




1. Using your new prototype from Assignment 03 Develop a system for constructing your final project.  Consider how tabs are connected, how joints are articulated and how the entire apparatus is assembled.

2. Develop and model 3 connection types.  Use these to test how the easy each is to assemble, how strong each is, and how each effects the overall feel & aesthetic of the project.



1. Finalize your final project form.  Consider how the form you create is worn and what functions it has.

2. Begin creating all the parts, scheduling laser-cutter time, and in general preparing for final construction.



1. Using your final form in Rhino, develop a set of drawings and diagrams that explain aspects of your design that are not evident or clear in the final apparatus.  Consider the following:

What are the guiding geometries of the apparatus?

What parts of the Apparatus physically contact the body?

What effects or programs does the apparatus generate?

How the apparatus effects and/or is effected by its environment? (an environment includes spaces, phenomena, humans and non-humans alike) 

2. Make a series of sketches to plan out what your final drawings and diagrams will be.  Upload this to our class folder. 







1. Use the files / templates provided.

2. Save files using the course file naming convention.

3. Each group should submit:

  • A series of connection types. Photos of these connections.  Use a white background.
  • Sketches of the drawings and details they will make for final submission.
  • Final apparatus form.  Upload this file to our course folder.