Thursday, 15 July 2010

The body as a design question

While it is clear that the human body is capable of adapting to so many impositions placed on it, it is interesting to see the body as a design question rather than as a problem.  As seen in Dezeen magazine,  Marcia Nolt has constructed a series of portraits that illustrate how the human body is capable of adapting itself to the design of products, including a hole in the lips for smokers and an extended shoulder for holding the phone.  The series is called Corpus 2.0 and shows a a variety of versions of the human body, influenced by factors like developments in technology, but also fashion phenomena, ways of living and products.  Other proposals seen here include a ridge in the nose developed for wearing glasses, ears moulded to accommodate earphones, a thumb with an extra joint for sending SMS messages more efficiently and a foot adapted to create the same posture as wearing high heels.  

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