Luminosity: High Visibility Apparel for Runners

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2017-01-01
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Morris, Kristen
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This running ensemble, which was developed with runners and further conceptualized by the designer, addresses runners concern for safety during runs in low light conditions. The running top, together with the vest meet the criteria outlined by runners in initial design sessions held with over 64 runners. This running ensemble was designed to improve visibility while maintaining thermal comfort for the wearer. Two stages of evaluations by users further ensured that the product developed in this research met needs of users. The design included technical features like storage pockets on the back with reflective tape, thumbholes, and a zipper at the neck that could be unzipped to help with thermal management. Reflective mesh fabric that uses micro glass beads to create the retro-reflective effect was used throughout. Patterns were drafted by hand, digitized into Optitex PDS and cut using a laser cutter to ensure cutting accuracy and efficiency.

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