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    Hydrophobic technology creates an invisible barrier that easily sheds sweat, rain, sunscreen, skin oils, dirt and dust.

    Made from a mixture off:

    The sunglasses are made up of a number of trademarked materials such as

    Pluonite, O matter, Unobtainium, Iridium, Polaric ellipsoid, Photochromic lenses but most of these are made up from nylon infused plastics and sprays such as hydrophobic.

    Infusing moulding:

    A process for infusing layers with the least amount of glue in-between the layers.

    All of these materials relate in their goal of repelling water. The ways in which they do this are different but show that a high level of science and mathematics has gone into the development of each technology.

    C6 fluorocarbon technology reduces the amount of water the suit can absorb and thus eliminates additional weight in the water.

    C6 fluorocarbon technology:

    Fluorocarbons, sometimes referred to as perfluorocarbons or PFCs, are organofluorine compounds that contain only carbon and fluorine bonded together in strong carbon fluorine bonds. Fluoroalkanes can serve as oil-repellent/water-repellent

    Made from a mixture off:

    the suit is made from a mixture of speedo trade marked materials such as hydro-k zone 3d fabric, pulse-flex fabric and pulse-power fabric. Which is a combination of invista lycra, invista xtra life lycra and varying decitexes of lycra creating graduated compression across different body zones

    The tread patterns are mathematically designed to scrub the maximum amount of water possible.

    Made from a mixture off:

    Rubber (both natural and synthetic such as SBR) carbon and mechanical oil

    The amount of each element will produce different types of tyres (the more oil in a tyre, the softer it will be)


    Vulcanization is a chemical process which involves linking polymer molecules to other polymer molecules by atomic bridges composed of sulphur atoms or carbon-to-carbon bonds

    The end result creates a rubber, which is harder, more durable and more resistant to chemicals and other damage

    Tyre treads:

    Both the wet and intermediate tyres have grooves to remove water the intermediates are used the most in wet weather unless it is a very heavy down pour.

    Jason Atkinson | GDNM Hand Made High Tech Brief | part 1

    Materials Which Repel




    Jason Atkinson | GDNM Hand Made High Tech Brief | part 2

    All the materials relate to the idea of containing a property which isnt visible at first sight that can be used in an endless number of ways to create new and innovative design.

    Bare conductive creates a paint that looks similar to any other paint with the key difference that it can be used to create circuits


    A type of paint which is a multipurpose electrically conductive material (perfect for experimentation) giving the user the ability to paint on anything walls, floors, tables, shirts, anything (except skin) and turning them into a conductive material.

    Potential applications / uses:

    There are endless places in which you can paint this martial however electronically it can be used to produces noise makers, proximity sensors, badges, cards, paper battery holders, light up paper houses, touch sensitive circuits and RGB Led colour sliders.

    Backlight paint has the property to only be visible under backlight giving the material an unusual and hard to detect.


    The inks which are developed by ultraviolet light (black light) would also become visible if the paper is heated and the paint can be made from dilute laundry detergent, body fluids, tonic water and vitamin B-12 which has been dissolved in vinegar.

    Potential applications / uses:

    There are many more uses to backlight paint than just making people and fluorescent posters look cool as it can be used in such things as detecting forgeries of antiques to helping detect invisible leaks in machinery. Identify counterfeit money, invisible fluorescent hand stamps for readmission and at crime scenes to pick out fingerprints. But the main use is to isolate one specific substance from everything around it, giving the application endless potential.

    Hydrophobic technology creates an invisible barrier that repels water but is impossible to now without testing.


    The main property of a hydrophobic coating is the ability to repel water, creating bead droplets that then can easily slide off the surface in a similar way waxy leaves do.

    Potential applications / uses:

    At present the technology is used in high performance pieces such as Oakley sunglasses however it could have industrial applications such as coating fabrics which protect them from UV light and water proof and self-cleaning materials where 99% of dirt adsorbed on such surfaces is easily washed away.

    Unusual Materials


    Jason Atkinson | GDNM Hand Made High Tech Brief | part 3

    From initial experimentation with bare conductive paints and hyphobic coating I realise that they do work however the hyphobic coating doesnt work as well as I hoped and is very expensive as is the bare conductive paint. I feel I can progress further if I just focus on black light and the ways in which it can be used with UV materials such as tonic water to create an outcome.

    Black light is a way to relieve something, which cannot be seen, in normal lighting conditions.

    How it works

    With our own eyes when a black light is turned on we see a glow of ether dark blue or purple as these are at the edge of the visible spectrum but the light also admits uv light that could be considered as a weak form of x-ray as it allows the user to reveal things which are not visible to the naked eye. But to work there must also be a material, which is fluorescent.

    How can I use it?

    There are many ways it is currently being used such as in fluorescent posters as well as more series applications such as spotting counterfeit money or painting and identifying fingerprints.

    Personally as I am interested in the area of graphic design and typography I want to look at it as a medium for creating a textual outcome.

    Tonic water can be seen in UV light as with the mixture of ingredients contains a element which makes the water fluorescent.

    How it works

    Tonic water is useful in several ways as it helps keep cramp away as well as serving as a prophylactic against malaria because of quinine which is them same ingredient that allows tonic water to glow under black light.

    Problems, which have developed

    From initial experimentation I have found that that the shine or florescent glow disappears if it is simply painted on to paper. So tonic water only works in liquid form, which means I will have to find some way of displaying the outcome that allows it to stay as a liquid and be useful.

    I decided that instead of embracing the product design, I would instead look at the graphic elements including how I might shape tubing into a typeface.

    How did I design the typeface?

    From the research I did in stages 1, 2 and 3 I looked at different compounds such as quinine and became interested in the way compounds are drawn in a hexagon shape pattern. I decided to use this as starting point for creating a typeface which links into the compound element of the design material (tonic water).

    Problems, which have developed

    The main problem I face is the flexibility of the tubing which the tonic water is contained in. from research I have discovered that there are mainly different types mostly made from plastics and can be made more flexible by heating.



    Jason Atkinson | GDNM Hand Made High Tech Brief | part 3

    My experimentation with black light and tonic water continues to develop into a design outcome which shows a inventive process and an unusual group of materials.

    Post secrets is a blog where people mail there secrets in the form of postcards and are then displayed on the site. which is updated every sunday.

    How might it be used?

    This could be used as a content to the type face I have designed using a hexagon grid system display secrets on a loop using a matrix grid of black light LEDs to light up the tonic water.

    How does this relate to the material Im using?

    I decided to look at post secrets as a way of giving context to the typography as it has a similar sort of hidden quality that tonic water display. I also thought it may add a comic and serious quality to the installation with secrets such as maybe hes my dads brother or maybe hes my dad or my parents smoke more pot than I do

    From developing a possible outcome I wanted to experiment with the methods I would need to now to make the final outcome possible.

    What I have discovered

    from the experimentation I have discovered two many things one is that it is very hard to just illuminate one section without illuminating another which I think can be solved by using small led black lights instead of a black light tube. But as predicted it does work well in creating shapes that can only be fully visible under black light.

    Problems which have developed

    There are to main problems I found when doing these experiments the first being the difficulty of plug each end of the tubing. I started by using plumbing putty that can stop leaks in pipes however as tonic water is fizzy unlike the water, which is normal in plumbing it has enough pressure to break through. so I started to experiment with corks and carved them down to fit the pipes