Alternative Presents for Dynamic Fabric

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Mackey, A., Wakkary, R., Wensveen, S., Hupfeld, A., & Tomico, O. (2020). Alternative Presents for Dynamic Fabric. Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, 351–364. https://doi.org/10.1145/3357236.3395447.

Date created: 
2020-07-01
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DOI: 10.1145/3357236.3395447
Keywords: 
Speculative design
Material speculation
Research through Design
Smart textiles
Wearables
Abstract: 

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.

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English
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Article
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