Coronavirus – Covid-19 is understandably going to have a longterm effect on how we re-engage with daily activities and the wider world. “Until a vaccination is confirmed to be effective and rolled out through a global, mass immunization program, we all will have to integrate forms of social distancing and PPE into our daily routines.” Says Joe Doucet.
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The New York-based designer has devised a fashionable face shield inviting brands to integrate Personal Protective Equipment in their collections as an everyday accessory once the pandemic is over.
“PPE needs to seamlessly become part of one’s routine. The approach I chose was to build on the use of sunglasses, which feel natural to most, to give a very effective tool – a face shield a greater chance bf being worn by many.” Says Joe Ducet to Archipanic.
Studies have shown that face shields or visors are much more effective than surgical style face masks, but in their current, basic format they are uncomfortable and awkward. To try and create a face shield that people would actually want to wear rather than simply put up with, the shield features integrated sunglass lenses and arms which make it more practical and feel less alien and intrusive on the wearer than a typical face shield would.
“I think this approach has merit and will likely be of benefit to many companies taking consumer PPE.” Adds Doucet who hopes that improving the basic face shield design will encourage far greater uptake of its usage and help everyone adjust to the “new normal” that awaits us.
A designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, Joe Doucet hybridizes function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message. “Design and, more importantly, a designer’s thought process can play a larger role in innovation and problem solving, as well as aesthetics.”
All images of the fashionable face shield: courtesy of Joe Doucet.
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