Skills Week Spring 2020


Andrew Todd Marcus


Madeline Tallarico and 2 OthersChris Preller
Evy Dibble
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Christine Alcindor


Jakob Sperry and Satchel Sieniewicz

A device to help a wounded marine do butterfly pull-ups, a type of pull-up used in CrossFit, with more ease and comfort.

Evan, a wounded marine, lost use of his right elbow in an accident while he was serving as a marine. He still enjoys doing CrossFit and other athletic activities. In order to do pull-ups, he throws an exercise band over the bar and puts it under his arm to supply resistance while he does the pull-up. This solution works but it hurts and cuts his armpit. The Pull-Up Assistant was designed to allow him to do pull-ups in comfort. This device consists of a silicone shell with foam padding to keep the exercise bands from cutting his arm. There are two parts, One that covers his underarm and one that covers the rise of his torso. There is a hard bridge between these pieces keeping his arm roughly in one position.

Safety Clothes

Mila Contreras Godfrey and Clio Bildman

Clio - Emissive Clothing is a functional light producing the shirt. The shirt detects one's emotions to provide light when the user is feeling anxious or afraid. The project is for those who feel uncomfortable or unsafe walking at night. The shirt uses Galvanic Skin Sensor to detects changes in the skin activated by the sweat glands. The user can reuse this as a form of protection and assurance.

Emissive clothing - A light producing shirt from LED's impeded into the fabric. The shirt lights up when one starts to sweat. The Galvanic Sensors sewn onto the shirt sense's when one is sweating and that triggers the LED's impeded into the shirt to start glowing. We used AFFOA impeded LED fabric and sewed that onto a basic black t-shirt. We would then sew on LED's to all sides of the shirt , then sew on the galvanic sensor.

Mila-Emissive Clothing is a light-producing the shirt. The shirt detects the wearer's emotions to provide light when the wearer is feeling anxious or afraid. Galvanic skin sensors within the fabric respond to activated swear glands to provide light those running at night.  When the Galvanic sensors feel the active sweat glands and an increase in heart rate, the LED lights that are woven into the fabric activate. The shirt provides an ease of use to the wearer, emitting light by replacing a flashlight. The shirt is powered by kinetic so as you run, that energy powers the LEDs in the shirt. 


Saba Ghole and Andrew Todd Marcus


What is a Precedent?

A precedent is a project done in the real world that can be used to help explain some of the ideas that will be covered in the studio or project. Students should locate and critically evaluate precedents and demonstrate how the content of the relate to their projects. 

Precedents generally fall into a number of categories - conceptual, aspirational, and comparable. 

  • Conceptual precedents explore ideas related to the  studio through critical analysis  of a wide range of largely art-based projects. 
  • Aspirational precedents look at cutting-edge or futurist implementation of technology as related to the studio topic. 
  • Comparable precedents look at nascent or current projects, often in the marketplace, that relate to the theme of the studio at a design and technological level that students can reasonably achieve within the course of the Studio. 

Through a critical analysis and melding of these categories, students can develop ideas for creative and technical innovations based on an expansive understanding of the theme.

What Makes a Good Precedent?

  • Meaningful
    • Provides a rich social, historical or cultural context
    • Highlight examples of current relevant projects
  • Inspiring & Exciting
    • Shows a novel approach
    • Shows a novel design solution
    • Exposes students to concepts, projects, and research that they are unaware of.
    • Helps generate conversation about the studio topic early in the research and brainstorming process.
  • Focused
    • Shows a novel technical, functional, or mechanical application
    • Shows a conceptual application
  • Guiding
    • Shows students options, avenues, and principles at any point during the design process.  Precedents are useful throughout the studio, not just at the beginning.

Posting Precedents

A precedent can be a video or a series of images. Image posts should have a Title and Caption on every slide.

Every Precedent should include the following in the body of the post:

  • The name of the project/device/object/installation/book etc and the name of the creator.
  • A source link to the original content.
  • A reason why the precedent is  it is applicable to the project.
  • Analysis (if appropriate) of the precedent. This can be technical or conceptual. 


Please see examples below.


pierre Belizaire

friendly Circles: a series of habitats built to house a flock of Starlings and to protect them from predators.

Starlings are lowland invasive birds; they nest or take over other birds nests, dryer vents, rooftops of buildings or light posts.  The female Starlings usually lay and incubate four eggs. Along with being invasive, Starlings are often considered the noisiest and social birds, especially during dusk and dawn. The birds tend to soil cars and buildings surrounding the areas of their habitat.  

Starlings cohabitate with humans in cities and towns, and in agricultural areas where there is plenty of food(fruits, seeds, and bugs) and water. Starlings flock together in the sky creating murmurations to protect themselves from predators like the Peregrine Falcons. Predators find it difficult to target one bird in the middle of thousands of hypnotizing Starlings.  The location of the project is such that is not easily visible to a predator in the sky while being unreachable from the ground. The Starling's nesting would be tube-shaped possibly made out of PVC. It would be placed somewhere in the city where they are not a nuisance; in a high and safe altitude that exudes low heat, so Starlings can keep their eggs warm.  Starlings are already in our environment, and large numbers, so why not provide them with a home.


Alannah Argyle and Teresa Lourie
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Nuclarity Presentation

Ethan Smyke

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Davis Howland and Ryland Mattoon

GloFlo is designed for overtaxed people to manage stress and improve focus by encouraging them to take a moment to relax their minds. The soothing white light energizes the mind and helps the user focus. The lamp consists of lights on the end of eight arms that move up and down. The mechanism is controlled by the users hands in proximity of the sensors on the device. As you move your hands closer to the sensor the lights move up and if you move them farther away the lights move down. If you remove your hand from the sensor entirely the lights move back to their original state in the upwards position. An Arduino inside the base relays information from the ultrasonic distance sensor to the servo which moves a certain number of degrees depending on the distance measured from the sensor to the moving hand. The servo spools up string that attaches to each of the arms, which then pivot on the y-axis in unison. The lights, which are always powered on while the device is plugged in, are attached to the end of each arm. The meditative motions conducted by the user in combination with the soft white lights will serve asa helpful way to reach a calm and relaxed state of mind.