Fashion and Wearables
Snowflakes: A Design Speculation for a Modular Prototyping Tool for Rapidly Designing Smart Wearables


Aesthetics qualities are critical aspects for smart jewelry as they are worn and considered as expressive artefacts. However, current tools for prototyping smart jewelry do not put aesthetic considerations as a primary concern. Therefore, we created Snowflakes, a design speculation for a modular, “snap-on-off”, prototyping tool for designing smart jewelry. The design requirements of Snowflakes were determined after studying non-smart jewelry and extracting 7 parameters for them (limb, material, grip, fastener type, decoration, decoration placement and form). Drawing upon these parameters, Snowflakes were proposed as a tool that would allow prototyping smart jewelry by synthesizing conventional jewelry’s form language with smart jewelry which is adorned with technology. This paper explores using this product as a design tool to experiment on designs blending aesthetics and function.


Role: Concept Creator, Product Designer, Main Co-Author

Type: Extended Abstract (Poster)

Conference: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems [acceptance rate: %40, h5-index: 85]

Date: 2018

Co-Authors: Selin İnsel, Mehmet Cengiz Onbaşlı, Oğuzhan Özcan (Advisor)


Forming Visual Expressions with Augmented Fashion


Wearable devices have a crucial impact on our bodies since they directly affect our appearance. However, wearable design practitioners focus more on the practical functionalities of the technology, leaving more investigation needed on what kind of visual expressions the technology might enable on wearable devices. With a critical approach on this functional perspective, the authors conducted a design workshop with fashion design and engineering students in which they first created art expressions and then wearable devices by using technological components. This practitioner’s essay reflects on the resulting hands-on design experiences in new visual expressions that would not have been possible with just traditional materials.


Role: Main Co-Author, Design Researcher

Type: Full Paper

Journal: Visual Communication [h5-index: 16]

Date: 2017

Co-Authors: Çağlar Genç, Sejda İnal Yılmaz, Kemal Can, Oğuzhan Özcan (Advisor)