These prototypes are sketches; quick explorations and validations of ideas. These sketches, like all sketches, are capable of describing the complete but abbreviated contours of a concept, while also offering space to work out the parts of that concept that are as of yet incomplete. Sketches make concepts concrete, giving form to the abstract, inviting us to imagine how such a thing might exist. These masks are sketches; studies of what has become the defining design icon of the global pandemic. Within a relatively short period, masks have become widely adopted (and also widely rejected) as they become intimately integrated…

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