Simon Jiang

Universal Customizable System / U.C.S.

Class of: 2025

Major: Illustration BFA

Medium: Chipboard, aluminum sheet, nuts and bolts, pins

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: Design and construction of a functioning Body Extension.

My project’s purpose is to introduce to the viewers a system rather then the simple vest itself. The vest presented here is only an initial platform to demonstrate the potential of the system.

The foundation of the whole project lies between the metallic hook like attachments. These hook systems would remain consistent, their size, the gaps in between, their material. While they are kept the same, the things they attach and attach onto could be completely free of restrictions. The vest could be changed to a backpack, pants, or a board hung on a wall. The things attached on could be cup holders, extra pockets, or even more hooks. This allows the wearer or user to personalize his own system based on what he needs. And if more products were developed, they could still get attached on because of the universal connection joints.

The vest itself does include some features: detachable, adjustable waist straps to suit more body sizes. Soft shoulder straps for ergonomic purposes. Small card holder on the front for easy access to student ID (Personalized Student version).