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Safety Overalls is a garment designed to help individuals who are constantly staring at their devices while walking. Featuring a fluorescent green stripe pattern, the overalls limit the stride of the user, thereby reducing the risk of collisions with passer-by.

Expertise
Behvaioural Research, Conceptual Development, Speculative Design

Year of production
2019

Medium

Black denim, Reflective stripes, Velcro

Photographer

Jeremy Ng

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A MODERN DAY PROBLEM
Texting and walking are common things people do. However, performing these two task together lowers our awareness to the surrounding environment. With a reduced field of vision, the risk of accidents such as bumping into someone or walking into a lamppost becomes more likely.
A UTOPIAN APPROACH
Instead of deterring people from walking and using their phone simultaneously, the garment actually further encourages these actions. An positive mindset was preferred in order to discover the hidden possibilities in this unorthodox approach. 
 
To address the issues faced by users, the two legs are joined in order to reduce the walking stride, which in turn provides them with more time to react to incoming obstacles while walking.
Sketching process of Safety Overalls
Safety Overalls (stripes)
Miner on left wearing overalls
Safety vest with reflective stripes
CREATING A SENSE OF SAFETY
Since the garment is meant to protect the wearer from dangers, a pair of overalls was chosen as the main clothing since they are historically worn by people performing dangerous jobs such as mining.
 
In line with the concept of safety, green fluorescent stripes were used as a reference to the safety vest worn at night. This additional element hence makes the garment usable at night.
MINIMALIST AESTHETICS
To inform the design language of the overalls, the minimalist aesthetics of smartphones were used. From their clean visuals, concealed joints and premium touch, these features are expressed in the garment through meaningful details, hidden stitches and premium cuts.

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Detail view of overalls

Creating a safer user experience on smartphones for people on the move through protective clothing