A brilliant series of experimental apparel by Boston-based designer Nicole McLaughlin. Using materials and objects differently than how they were intended, McLaughlin has created a number of imaginative prototypes and futuristic fashions. While starting off with shoes, due in part to working at Reebok, much of McLaughlin’s creativity takes place on her own time — and isn’t limited to footwear:
“At Reebok I’m actually a graphic designer, but I never wanted to limit myself to just that. On nights and weekends I do these projects for fun and to experience a different process of expressing ideas. It sometimes helps me find solutions for roadblocks and generates ideas for my day job. I truly love the idea of personal projects, and I encourage everyone to do them, even if you’re not a designer. It’s self-gratification and nobody can tell you you’re wrong because it’s yours!”
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.