Project 2: Product From the Future

Heads up display designer glasses + Hat

  • perspex three piece glasses
  • illuminated on side
  • attached to hat via zip
  • Utility pocket on one side
  • metal frame for one side of glasses
  • retractable balaclava inside hat attached by velcro at top

In a dystopian future designers must adapt to the common needs of the consumer. These glasses provide a display that allows them to view possible threats as well as distress signals from others. The glasses will zip into the hat and can be deconstructed into three flat pieces making them easy to carry around.

Conceptual Sketches

Concept 1:

Using a variety of New York and Chinatown tourist t-shirts I will deconstruct and sew together a button up short sleeve shirt. The oversized arm holes and drop shoulder will create a draping effect similar to traditional Chinese attire, which the cotton material from the t-shirts will add to. I will use Chinese coins that I bought from Chinatown to create a chain detail similar to a Balenciaga detail I found at the Heavenly Bodies exhibition. The buttons will be hidden inside fabric displaying a message made up of traditional Chinese characters stating “I am not sure what this says”, which is a comment on the frequent graphical use of foreign languages, something that can be found in almost every fast fashion house.

Concept 2:

These trousers take influence from traditional Chinese robes, which can be seen in the zip off layers of fabric that create a flowing effect when the wearer moves. The trouser leg will contain long stripes of silk in addition to a silk belt that wraps around and hangs from the trousers. For functionality I will add metal hoops to the draping fabric that can be attached in a variety of ways to the waist of the trousers, allowing the wearer to adjust the form and general appearance of the garment.

Project 1

Assimilation/Cultural Appropriation

Day 1: July 9th

BIO: Shep Spink – 18 – London

Art is expression. It’s a platform that allows people to voice their ideas without boundaries, it’s subjective, everyone can take what they wish from it. My interest in fashion originated from my love of skateboarding. The styles of people I have met through skating the streets of London inspired and revealed to me the deep connection between fashion and identity, and what a great platform fashion provides for personal expression. Over time my style has developed and I have gained a great appreciation for garment construction, materials and colour, all things that I wish to broaden my understanding on during this course.

Read Before You Start!

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The Importance of Categories and Tags

By the end of your first semester, you will have posted a lot of content to your learning portfolio. One of the challenges for you, your instructors, potential employers, family and friends will be sorting through it all. The Courses and Topics menus based on categories and tags, the tag list, your post titles and the search box are all ways of finding things in your portfolio, but Categories and Tags are the two most important. Both help you reflect back on the work, but they also give visitors a way to understand the relationship that exists across the images, text, videos, and other content that you’ve created in the various projects, classes, or years at Parsons.

As mentioned elsewhere, Categories and Tags are two means of aggregating and presenting related content in your portfolio. Your learning portfolio comes pre-populated with categories for each of the courses you will be taking in your first year at Parsons. It also come pre-populated with over 60 tags for you to use, but you can create new ones at any time. Log into the Dashboard of your learning portfolio to see the full list of categories and tags. You will find both under the Posts tab.

Categories and Tags in the Dashboard

Categories and Tags in the Dashboard

So whenever you make a post, be sure to assign a category for the relevant course and year and add relevant tags that might be thematic or as specific as the name of the course project the post relates to. For example, your final project in Space & Materiality might require you to develop a proposal, preliminary sketches, some historical or technical research, a prototype and a final product. These might be uploaded in separate posts, each of which could be tagged as Space Final Project. To find them all, one would simply click on the tag in the tag list or at the bottom of one of the posts to pull them all together under the heading of Posts Tagged “Space Final Project”.

This post has been assigned the tag of LP Instructions. You’ll see the tag at the bottom of the post, in the sidebar and in the footer. Click on it in any of the three locations to see what happens. On the first day of the semester, the result will look a lot like the homepage—four posts about the learning portfolio—but over time, these posts will get buried amongst all of the other content you’ll be posting to your portfolio. To find any of them, all you’ll need to do is click on the LP Instructions tag.

Posts Aggregated by Tag

Posts Aggregated by Tag

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that for each of your projects or themes you’ll be exploring?

Though less selective, the search box is another way to find things in your portfolio. You will get much better search results if you put some thought into giving each post a concise but descriptive title.

  • More information about categories and tags can be found here.
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Welcome to the Parsons Learning Portfolio!

The Learning Portfolio is where you will tell your Parsons story. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the many ways you can design your portfolio, be sure to visit the Student Resources + Support site at But before you do, be sure to read the About pages under Courses and Topics in the menu bar and in the Links section of the footer, as well as the other three posts found on the homepage.

As a student at The New School, you can create as many blogs as you wish. But when you first registered for your Learning Portfolio at, a portfolio/blog was created for you with your Net. Id. at the end of the URL, e.g. Hopefully, that’s the blog you’re reading right now. Have a look at the address bar for confirmation. It’s important that you use that blog—that URL—as your Learning Portfolio. It makes it possible for your instructors and classmates to find your Learning Portfolio. To learn about privacy settings, see the Help menu.

The Learning Portfolio is a tool with which you will engage throughout your education at Parsons (and perhaps beyond). The focus of the Learning Portfolio is on reflection, on looking across your many courses and semesters and the various assignments and projects throughout the curriculum. The portfolio is a way for you to examine your own progress and performance, to share your work with others, and to tell a story about your time on campus (New York, Paris, and elsewhere).

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