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Shopping and Clothing Questions!

Hello! My name is Annie. I'm a product design student working on my senior project and was hoping to just have a few questions answered. I do not have a completely set in stone idea, but the general idea I have is clothing for the blind and visually impaired. So I have a few questions that would help me really narrow down my concept. Here they are:

1. Tell me about yourself! Your name, age, where you’re from, how long you’ve been blind, what you do for a living, etc.

2. How do you buy clothes (online, in the store, with the help of a friend)? Are there any issues you have when you’re buying clothes?

3. What is your top priority when you are buying clothes?

4. What do you like and dislike about clothes?

5. Do you have a certain fashion style you like?

6. How do you keep your clothes organized?

7. Do you have any suggestions about my topic, clothing for the blind and visually impaired?

Thanks everyone who takes their time to answer my questions. I really appreciate any feedback I can get!

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Re: Shopping and Clothing Questions!

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'll definitely take everything you said into consideration.

Re: Shopping and Clothing Questions!

Rather than designing clothing specifically for blind people, you may want to design some kind of clothing support such as an app. Check out Tap Tap See which is an app for use with an iPhone. It may give you ideas.
Let me explain.
Lots of us work and many of us want to look our best. We vary in age. Some of us are men and some are women. Some of us work in corporate settings and some of us work in settings where dress is more casual. Many people are now using the IOS apps for identifying color available on iPhones. Others use tags which say what the color of a garment is and come in braille or large print. I get assistance from trusted friends or the personal shopper of a good store when I shop. I make sure I can return things in case I get it home and get feedback from friends that it is not my style. Please think inclusively about people rather than designing things for us. Let's make the whole world more accessible rather than shunting groups off into corners and creating special individualized worlds for them.
Blind people want products which are accessible for everybody rather than products designed "especially for you". Let's make appliances accessible, software accessible and let's follow Apple's lead and just build in access from the ground up.
We can use color identifier apps on SmartPhones and personal shoppers and friends with taste to assist in buying clothes and dressing well. Hope this feedback is useful.

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