This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good

Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Kinematics Dress. 2013 308

Laser-sintered nylon, 44 x 37 x 2" (111.8 x 94 x 5.1 cm) irreg. Gift of the Committee on Architecture and Design Funds and Shapeways

Jessica Rosenkrantz: I'm Jessica Rosenkrantz.

Jesse Louis-Rosenberg: And I'm Jesse Louis-Rosenberg.

Jessica: We created the Kinematics Dress, which is a custom-fit, flexible, fluid, 3D-printed garment that was made of more than 3,000 interconnected parts that were printed all in one piece with no assembly.

Jesse:   We’re really focused on designing systems that can produce an infinite variety of products. In nature there are dynamic processes that respond to their environment, and they're different every single time. No two leaves are exactly the same. And in the same sense, we're interested, rather than designing something that's fixed and will always be the same, designing a logic that can adapt to different situations or that somebody can interact with and change and have a hand in.

Jessica:  So you can design your own 3D dress in the browser.  People use our apps on our web site and experiment with our tools and create all sorts of things that we never would have considered or conceived of.

Jesse:  We’re also really interested in customization as a way of replacing mass manufacturing and instead of creating hundreds, thousands, millions of items that are all the same, we're creating something that maybe only just appeals to one person, but they can get that exact one thing that they want.

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