For the final term of my education in digital design we have been working on a design project, where every student has had the opportunity to create and develop a digital concept as part of graduation. Entering the course with a very open mindset but with my thoughts on recycling and ways of possibly making e-commerce easier, the process has now taken me to a whole different outcome, still within sustainability - a digital concept that I call Wardrobecheck.
So... what is Wardrobecheck?
A digital concept created for the people who want to use their wardrobe to it’s fullest. Inspire, get inspired and create amazing outfits using the outfit planner that recommends clothing just after your own style and wardrobe. Scan full outfits with the simple scanning function that recognises clothes previously added to your wardrobe and much more.
Yes. Wardrobe check has a built in function where you use your camera to recognise
materials and previously added clothes, so that you can easily save outfits you are happy with.
So Wardrobecheck will help me choose my clothes for the day?
Pretty much, yes! Let me show you an example of my fictive user Sofia. She is around 30 years old and works in an office. This morning she is having breakfast thinking about what to wear for the day. She has got some meetings on the agenda so she'd like to wear something relaxed but still a bit dressy. She picks up her phone and opens Wardrobecheck.
Can I log outfits that I like as well?
Will other people be able to see my outfits?
Yes, if you want them to. Inspire others and get inspired. Wardrobecheck will recognise similar clothing and material in your own wardrobe or direct you to the store page.
So what clothes are sold in the store?
Well, last but definitely not least - one of the key features in this concept is the wardrobe inventory, that keeps track on your use and buying of clothes. Wardrobecheck will tell you what you haven't used lately, and help you to clear out your wardrobe when needed. You choose if you want to sell the clothes you don't wear anymore or give them away!
What technology would the app use?
The idea is for the app's features such as the outfit planner and explore to be built on a strong recommendation system, where a collaborative filtering method is combined with a content filtering method. This means that the collaborative filtering will gather information about users with similar interests (i.e. they have bought the same clothing) and then the recommendations flow based on these users. The content filtering method recognises and then gives the recommendations based on the content, the actual clothes. Furthermore the app uses a recognition based (marker based) augmented reality technique, where it detects clothes that have previously been scanned into the app to quickly save created outfits.
Feel free to have a look at the prototype and try it here, For a real feel, I suggest opening it in the Adobe XD app for smartphones. Enjoy and please contact me for further questions.
Central knowledge contribution
By doing user research on how people around me use their wardrobes, and by questioning what they would like to get support with when it comes to clothing I started my project focusing on sustainability. After the finding that one of the main behaviours is the fact that people keep buying new garments instead of going through clothes they already own, I started sketching and prototyping different ways of using one's own clothes which resulted in the key knowledge in this project, the outfit planner. The outfit planner is a unique design where the user gets help from a recommender system that suggests outfits with clothing combinations they've got at home instead of buying new. With the concept revolving around an easy-to-use outfit planner, I started prototyping an application, for the user to be able to easily access their digital wardrobe on the go.
The second knowledge contribution was found while testing the outfit planner on users, realising that some clothes might not be worn at all, along with the question how the clothes would actually get added into the digital wardrobe. The inventory feature was created and can be used either to keep track of new and most worn clothes but also to clear out the wardrobe and direct you to sell the clothes with a bit of help, to save time and effort.
The third knowledge contribution was found while prototyping for a platform to get inspired by others to actually start using other combinations and one's own wardrobe. It resulted as a unique feature and interface, explore, with a grid design where users can see other users and easily click on the pictures to find out more about the clothes - but with the option to find similar clothing in your own wardrobe or get directed to other user's stores.
Visual identity & Poster