“Be seen” concept

For this project I will be looking at 2 cultural lifestyles to promote and investigate the concept of awareness. The artifact will be a leather bag that will activate a set of bicycle lights, by using a chain bicycle lock.

I am looking at two types of bags and mixing the cultures for function and style





I have also identified two audiences. First is the daily fashionable commuter and the second is the messenger biker.




I will aslo provide customization of the bike lock similar to this already existing bike lock. I will do this by having an open source pattern tutorial.


I want to design for Transitions, which are based on these design principles.

Promotes ease of dynamic activities

Speaks similar language to core activity

Actively Informs the user of its function and properties

Potential bike lights




Further exploration of connection is needed, however the goal is to create a smart which  that would be activate the lights by locking the chain lock to the bag.


2 thoughts on ““Be seen” concept”

  1. Miguel, I think you should focus your audience to just the fashionable daily commuter. As we discussed, bike messenger bags usually already have an integrated strap, whereas the leather manbag affords more opportunity for the chain-as-strap idea. Your proposal seems underdeveloped, for instance what will the bag light look like? what material are you going to use to make the chain comfortable as a strap? I see your tutorial having two parts: the sewing pattern for the chain strap and the electronics tutorial for putting lights on the bag. What parts are you thinking of using? Have you ever made a sewing pattern before? I expect you to come to next class with a first draft of each of these components.

  2. Hello Becky,
    Thank you for the reply. I have been looking at actual bike lights that might work using the same Cycling language. So far they are to bulky since they are meant to be on the bike that has lots of space and not in between a bag. I was thinking 1 Watt Cool White LED – Heatsink Mounted < this might work better for the look and function i'm going. I will draft sketches soon.
    I;m self taught when it comes to pattern making. I made several bags and patterns for the past 4 yrs, but I will look into research the proper way of making one. I plan to use a heavy weight canvas or cotton/poly blend that would help with the weather. Leather is ideal but yet to find something that works well. I found a bag, will post later. I was thinking of using this Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – 5V Logic since the size fits and would be enough to power the LED. I'm honestly not sure, I want to power it with a 2 x 2032 Coin Cell Battery Holder – 6V output with On/Off switch.
    I hope this clears up some questions. Will bring more to class.

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