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Worn in or Worn out?: Cosmetic Wear and Attitudinal Responses to Materials

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Lilley, Professor Ben BridgensORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM, 2016.

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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 users 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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Manley A, Lilley D, Bridgens B, Hurn K, Lofthouse V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Year of Conference: 2016

Online publication date: 23/10/2016

Acceptance date: 01/09/2016

Date deposited: 12/01/2017

Publisher: ACM