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Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences

Wilkes, Sarah; Wongsriruksa, Supinya; Howes, Philip; Gamester, Richard; Witchel, Harry; Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2016. Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences. Materials & Design, 90, pp. 1228-1237. ISSN 0261-3069 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Designers increasingly have the opportunity to influence the development of materials as they emerge from the laboratory. In order for this to be successful, designers need to be able to communicate effectively with materials scientists so that materials can be developed with desired functionalities and properties. This paper reviews evidence in favour of using isomorphic sets of material stimuli as tools to bridge the disciplinary gap between designers and materials scientists. We show how these isomorphic sets and their accompanying experiments can be used to translate between the two communities, and to systematically explore the relationship between the technical attributes of materials and subjective experiences of their sound, taste and feel. This paper also explores the limitations of psychophysical approaches and other quantitative techniques for elucidating material experience, and suggests new possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations that draw on ethnographic approaches.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.013

Keywords:

Design tools; Design-driven materials innovation; Materials selection; Interdisciplinary dialogue; Technical properties; Sensory perception; Aesthetics; Material experiences; Psychophysics; Ethnography; Haptic encounter

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Design

Dates:

DateEvent
15 January 2016Published

Item ID:

17516

Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2016 16:10

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 13:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17516

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