Alternative Presents for Dynamic Fabric

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate how a combination of "speculative" design methods can be used to generate theoretical understandings for dynamic, colour-changing fabrics for garments. Specifically, we combine a first-person, autobiographical, research through design (RtD) approach that draws strategies from speculative design. We call this approach alternative presents, inspired by the work of James Auger, and explore it as a way to generate theoretical propositions for dynamic fabric that emphasize the lived experience over technological innovation. The contributions of this framing are twofold. Firstly, we offer a theoretical contribution to the literature on dynamic fabric. Secondly, we make a methodological contribution for how autobiographical design and RtD can be oriented speculatively to generate intermediate knowledge, with particular emphasis on social-technical aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages351-364
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020
EventACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20: DIS'20 - Netherlands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202020 Jul 2020
Conference number: DIS'20

Conference

ConferenceACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20
Abbreviated titleDIS '20
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period6/07/2020/07/20

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Keywords

  • Material speculation
  • Research through design
  • Smart textiles
  • Speculative design
  • Wearables

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