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Skin deep. Perceptions of human and material ageing and opportunities for design

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posted on 17.01.2019, 11:27 by Ben Bridgens, Debra Lilley, Hannah Zeilig, Caroline Searing
In Western society there is an obsession, fuelled by pervasive advertising, with hiding the effects of ageing and maintaining skin that exudes ‘youthful perfection’. Rapid unsustainable purchasing and disposal of mass-produced objects is, in part, driven by ‘cosmetic obsolescence’ - changes to the pristine material surface which are perceived as damage and degradation. We consider the parallels between these attitudes to changes in material surfaces and human ageing, and propose that actively considering future material change in product design could increase product longevity with both environmental and social benefits.

Funding

The authors would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who funded preliminary work which provided the basis for this paper as part of the Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery project (CLEVER; EP/K026380/1) and subsequent Impact Acceleration Account ENabling Designers to Understand mateRial changE (ENDURE) project.

History

School

  • Design

Published in

The Design Journal

Volume

22

Issue

Sup1

Pages

2251-2255

Citation

BRIDGENS, B. ... et al, 2019. Skin deep. Perceptions of human and material ageing and opportunities for design. The Design Journal, 22 (sup1), pp.2251-2255.

Source

13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD) 2019

Publisher

Taylor & Francis © The authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Design Journal on 31 May 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1595022

Acceptance date

07/01/2019

Publication date

2019-05-31

Notes

This paper was presented at the 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD 2019), Dundee, UK, 10-12 April 2019.

ISSN

1460-6925

eISSN

1756-3062

Language

en

Location

Dundee, Scotland

Exports

Loughborough Publications

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