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Shield Satchel on Yanko Design

This project predates Design for Protest, providing much of the research that excluded physical protection as a criteria for the latter project. I had the pleasure of being featured on Yanko Design earlier this week and thought I'd shed some more light on this piece.

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 Exploring the design opportunities in the moment of violent dispersal tactics, the Shield Satchel is a discreetly disobedient object that allows for immediate deployment when a situation arises, providing instant protection against initial injury. It is the consumer goods response to state sanctioned riot gear. The average Sunday protester is a character profile that is becoming more common as social action becomes increasingly normalized, representing a growing market that needs to find ways to protect themselves against common painful dispersal methods – batons, mace, and water.

Designed with polycarbonate of the same caliber of durability as state-issued riot gear, Shield Satchel is a product that comes ‘pre-hacked’ as an alternative to re-appropriating quotidian objects. Instead, it is a discreetly disobedient object on the outside, designed for instant deployment if a situation arises.

You can find the article on Yanko Design here, in an article called Design for Defense.