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BRIEF In introducing this module, we will be focussing on the core incentive/mission of the Second Skin Project’ and the ideologies of different material systems. Before we even started thinking about designing our second skin we primarily researched an example of a material system. This approach, aligned itself with the reading ‘ 300 years of Industrial Design’ where it states that “observation is a necessary part of creation”.

PROFILE & SECTION The Stegosaurus Wood Kit presented my introduction into the material system Profile and Section. Through measured, plan, section and elevation drawings, the manipulation of form and structure and the delailed construction of the object , I was able to explore this material system on an intimate level. The drawn observations were produced in different ways. As the object is supplied deconstructed it allowed me to measure each piece at the very beginning of the process. However the other drawings required the object to be constructed in order to be illustrated. In creating the orthographic drawings by scanning the object and then by using this as a foundation the image is built up into a more detailed diagram.


From my new understanding of Profile and Sesction systems, and my pre-concieved knowledge of personal space, I created a series of designs that could possibly act as second skins that could serve as the foundation of my design. The images are just sketches as to which could be further developed. Design 1-This design shows similarity with the object because there is a defensive spiked lining along the longest vulnerable area (spine). It shows the imitation of a rib cage being sturdy and rigid in the front body and the birds eye perspective of your “portable territory”. Design 2-The design revolves around the head, some refer to as the most important part of your body. Instead of a spiked threatening area, it simply is a barricade which conceals your head. Unlike a helment it gives you your personal space with your helmet. Birds eye view shows the advantage of using a circle shape as it covers all angles. Design 3- Focuses on a more customisable design. All personal spaces vary dependant on each peron. So in starting with a cylinder as the frame (equal on all sides). The hangind of spiked geometrical shapes allows each user to personalise their own territory.

Photograph of the use of joints

Illustration of rib cage

Birdes-eye view of object

Individula pieces

In order to experiment with volume and space I manipulated the object only using the original pieces. I took disregard to the option of introducing a new material in the manipulation as I believe that it would have been much more difficult to see the extents of which more or less volume can be created using the same resources.

As is shown, I chose to take inspirations from animal characteristics due to their continual protective instincts necessary to survive in the wild. Additionally “animals learn individual distance in early years” However one problem I found was the restraint of movement a profile and section system had. This came to light as many protection systems animals employ are triggered by fear or when a predator will invade personal space. Without movement in design there will not be a triggered action but more of defensive armour with no life like a second skin should have.

Module 1