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Title: Design for next… year. The challenge of designing for material change
Authors: Bridgens, Ben
Lilley, Debra
Keywords: Material change
Cosmetic obsolescence
Degradation
Patina
Graceful ageing
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: European Academy of Design © The Authors
Citation: BRIDGENS, B. and LILLEY, D., 2017. Design for next… year. The challenge of designing for material change. Presented at: Design for Next, 12th EAD Conference, Rome, Italy, 12th-14th April 2017.
Abstract: From the moment of purchase, pristine objects are subjected to an array of stimuli including wear, impact, heat, light, water and air which alter their tactile and aesthetic properties. Material change is often regarded as ‘damage’ or ‘degradation’, but has potential to be used as a tool to engender emotional engagement to an object. We present a framework for designers to better understand how materials change with use, and in turn how people respond to materials as they change. Key challenges are identified which must be overcome to use this framework in design practice people’s physical interaction with objects is poorly understood, it is difficult to simulate material change, materials resources for designers do not provide information about material change, and people’s responses to aged materials depend on a complex web of interacting factors.
Description: This is a conference paper. It was presented at: http://www.designfornext.org
Sponsor: The authors would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who provided all funding for this work as part of the Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery project (EP/K026380/1).
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25076
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