Technique Report

Wearable and Soft Interactions
Spring 2016
Instructor: Lara Grant

Technique Report

Deadline April 15th
You will share your instructable with the class on the 15th. 

This technique report is meant to illustrate the attention to detail in regards to fabricating your final prototype. There are many techniques and materials that can be used to create a wearable and e-textile prototype. Many useful items and techniques are yet to be discovered and designed, for example:

– Hardware to fabric connectors and adapters

– Enclosures

– Sewing, weaving, knitting in sensors, components, wires, etc.

– Best tools to create inflatables with

– Use of rapid prototyping tool with cond. fabric, plastics, etc.

– Much, much more.

As interest expands and the field grows, the sharing of skills and knowledge of how to handle to these materials is essential for overall growth of the community, and for students, such as yourself to self-educate themselves with.


For this assignment, you will be creating an Instructable on a chosen fabrication technique that you find unique to your project. 

Once you have chosen a technique, type in the title or keywords the search bar at and see what pops up. The idea is to not title your Instructable the same as an existing one, this will ensure that your Instructable will not have to compete with one that already has a large number of views and has been around for longer.

If you are working on a project with a partner or a group each person must submit a separate and unique technique report.

How to Write an Instructable:

First off, check out this collection of Instructables that address this very topic:

1) Write a description in the “Intro” step along with a clear, in focus and catchy final photo. The final photo is key, other than the title of your Instructable, this is what will make people want to click on it. Make this photo in focus and with good lighting. 

2) Step 2 is usually a materials list and where you say “you will need Adobe Illustrator” or any other software or tools you need access to.

3) Make sure all the process photos you take are well lit and in focus. Take away all the clutter in the background, set up a lamp if you are in a dim room and use a good camera, refrain from using your phone.

4) When writing,  be clear in your instructions and use laymen terms, if you use a technical word, give the definition or link to a web page that contains a definition.

Have other questions? Email me or come visit me at Pier 9 and ask my awesome coworkers 🙂