Conceptual Design of a Winter Jacket for Victims of Stroke
An, Su Kyoung
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability, and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year there are about 795,000 people that suffer a stroke, and on average in the United States someone has a stroke every 40 seconds ("Stroke Statistics", n.d.). However, there are not many commercial clothing items available and adapted to stroke survivors. While stroke survivors are able to find a limited number of clothing items specifically designed and adapted for them, the styles are simple, inelegant, and tend to look very different from the style of the general culture. Following the design model proposed by Koberg and Bagnall (1974): accept, analyze, define, ideate, select, implement, and evaluate, this study adopted the first four steps, accept, analyze, define, and ideate, in order to create conceptual designs of winter jackets for victims of stroke.