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Title: Worn out or worn in? How cosmetic wear affects semantic appraisals of materials
Authors: Lilley, Debra
Manley, Alan H.G.
Bridgens, Ben
Hurn, Karl
Lofthouse, V.A.
Keywords: Material selection
Cosmetic obsolescence
Product lifetime extension
Emotionally durable design
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors
Citation: LILLEY, D. ...et al, 2016. Worn out or worn in? How cosmetic wear affects semantic appraisals of materials. Presented at the NordiCHI’16, the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 23-27th.
Abstract: The aesthetics of material performance within design is typically only considered up to the point of sale, a false end state in which the ‘newness’ of the product is protected by the hermetic packaging in which it is sold. Beyond this, the ‘ageing’ of a material is thought of only in terms of utility or easily measured technical parameters such as durability or toughness, and rarely reflects upon, or accounts for, the users experiential relationship with the material. Here, we explore changes in tactile and visual perceptions when sample materials have been artificially aged through the application of a taxonomy of damage observed from real world products. This paper argues that to expand our current knowledge in material culture and to assist in providing a more nuanced understanding of the user’s long-term relationship with materials, we, as designers, need to observe, record and reflect upon attitudinal reactions to aged and used materials.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23187
Publisher Link: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2971485&CFID=865839565&CFTOKEN=13047361
ISBN: 9781450347631
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