College of Design
The Wearable Product Design Center serves as an innovative, synergistic "think-tank" to explore methods and technologies that will change how we design, produce, and wear clothing.
In a changing world, those who address the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing must provide innovative products and services to address needs and improve quality of life. The Center focuses on one essential need—clothing—expanding the description to “wearable products” that encompass everyday clothing, protective clothing, and equipment worn in extreme environments and hazardous situations, medical and health products such as monitoring devices and prosthetics, and more. Research also addresses human needs related to appearance and aesthetic responses to clothing. By synthesizing the experience and expertise of researchers with different foci and backgrounds, synergistic efforts will be made possible that address in new ways the function and shape/size of the human body, the form and function of the wearable product, the perceptions and psyche of the wearer, response of those viewing the wearer, methods of manufacturing the wearable product, and environmental effects of production, use, and disposal of the product.
Established Fall 2010