Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Charlie Cannon

Second Advisor

Tom Weis

Third Advisor

Avery Trufelman


The aim of this research is to explore how individual soldier equipment can be systematically integrated into everyday life. War, as the epitome of struggle and conflict, stimulates the fundamental human instinct for survival. To achieve this end, various methods involving a wide range of fields such as technology, culture, economy, and politics are utilized. Under the driving force of survival, explorations are conducted in various areas, with individual soldier equipment being notably prominent. Nations spend a substantial amount each year on developing individual soldier equipment, which optimizes functionality to such an extent that it has formed its unique aesthetics and had a considerable influence on fashion.

This thesis begins by analyzing the relationship between individual soldier equipment and fashion. It points out that the primary obstacle to transforming individual soldier equipment into fashion lies in the semantic translation. To address this problem, we propose an Analysis & Design Toolkit. This toolkit aids designers in deconstructing the characteristics of individual soldier equipment, breaking down the original semantics and creating new ones, to facilitate the public's acceptance of the application of individual soldier equipment in everyday life. Specific design practices related to this theory are also examined in detail.



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