Alternative presents for dynamic fabric

Angella Mackey, Ron Wakkary, Stephan Wensveen, Annika Hupfeld, Oscar Tomico

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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
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
EventDIS '20: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2020: More than Human Centred Design - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202020 Jul 2020


ConferenceDIS '20: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleDIS2020
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