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.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jul 2020|
|Event||ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20: DIS'20 - Netherlands, Eindhoven, Netherlands|
Duration: 6 Jul 2020 → 20 Jul 2020
Conference number: DIS'20
|Conference||ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20|
|Abbreviated title||DIS '20|
|Period||6/07/20 → 20/07/20|
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- Material speculation
- Research through design
- Smart textiles
- Speculative design