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The look of rough: Visual and tactile perceptions of cosmetically aged materials

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posted on 15.03.2018 by Alan H.G. Manley, Debra Lilley, Karl Hurn, Vicky Lofthouse
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 user’s 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.

Funding

This work was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who provided partial funding for this study as part of the Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery project (EP/K026380/1).

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  • Design

Published in

PLATE 2017 Product Lifetimes and The Environment

Citation

MANLEY, A.H.G. ...et al., 2017. The look of rough: Visual and tactile perceptions of cosmetically aged materials. IN: Bakker, C. and Mugge, R. (eds.) PLATE: Product Lifetimes and The Environment, Conference Proceedings, 8-10 November, 2017, Delft, NL. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 238-244.

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© 2017 Delft University of Technology and IOS Press.

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

27/02/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by IOS Press under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b-nc/4.0/

ISBN

9781614998198;9781614998204

Language

en

Location

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft, The Netherlands.

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