If youre in a bad or even just a solitary mood and yet you still have to go out into a busy place, why not turn your prickly attitude into a literal prickliness that is bound to keep people at a distance? If that sounds good, and you have basically no interest in being fashionable, then read on..
In a workshop at the National University of Singapore, German designer Werner Aisslinger asked his students to think of a common problem and then solve it with a tool that could be made out of commonly available items. They were given a half day to come with their idea, find the materials, and make a prototype. Designer Siew Ming Cheng chose to solve the problem of having no personal space while riding the subway during rush hour. Her solution? A spiky vest
And the best part per the assignment is that you can make your own. It just requires spiky plastic strips (the kind used to keep critters off the tops of fences) and a few zip ties
To make your own, attach two strips like so
Add a third strip perpendicularly, and you have half your vest
Then attach the two halves in front and back with a couple more ties
And, voila, personal space built right into your outfit.