It is difficult to stand out in a crowd if everyone wears the same bone-white face mask N95. That could change if a designer from San Francisco continues her idea of individually printing the face masks with pictures of the faces of the wearers.
The more customized mask with the perfect name Resting Risk Face would make you easily recognizable among the anonymous global crowd of mask-wearing people trying to protect themselves from thethat leads to COVID-1
"Be protective and recognized," the website says for the product. "It's so easy."
If it sounds like a joke, Danielle Baskin, the designer and visual artist behind the concept, recognizes the dystopian humor. Still, she saw real interest in her idea, with more than 1,000 people currently on the waiting list to buy one.
"People have referenceddozens of times, but they still want one." She said to me. "For another percentage of people, this is a quirky way to cheer up sick people."
The masks cost $ 40 per pop (approximately AU $ 30), although there is no official launch date. Baskin insists that she doesn't plan on producing it until the global mask shortage ends. She is currently testing the reliability of facial recognition for all devices.
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To get a Resting Risk Mask, all you have to do is upload a picture of your face using the web app. Baskins Service would map the image of your face to the curved surface of the mask without distortion. You would be previewing a digital version of your Resting Risk Face, and once you have approved it, you can walk around like a piece of performance art.
"The masks are scary and awkward, especially when people mix and match faces," says Baskin. "I could sell anti-surveillance strain kits. Best friends can swap faces. N95 are as boring and dehumanizing as they are and people will need them more and more for fires and viruses. The product just sells itself."
Baskin is not the only artist who is rethinking masks in the face of the coronavirus.
As Dezeen reports, London-based designer Max Siedentopf created a series of absurd portraits of people who covered their faces with everyday objects such as walking shoes and bras. He calls his series How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus.