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The future of textiles sourcing: Exploring the potential for digital tools

Petreca, B; Atkinson, D; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Furniss, D; Baurley, S; (2014) The future of textiles sourcing: Exploring the potential for digital tools. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care. (pp. pp. 366-377). Universidad de los Andes: Bogotá, Colombia.

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Abstract

Textile selection involves aspects of objective function and subjective experience. While technical assessments of textiles are extensively supported by standards and machinery that provide the industry with rigorous specifications, the more subjective characteristics remain heavily reliant on designers tacit knowledge, experience and intuition. In this paper, we present a study that investigated designers textile sourcing activities and if and how digital tools could provide support. The study was conducted in a textile fair with an expert audience in the mind-set of sourcing. An existing digital tool that allows textiles manipulation was introduced to familiarise participants with the digital context and enable conversations on the future of textiles sourcing. We also look at the implications of adopting digital tools for their activities including a transition to more sustainable practices. The results raise awareness of designers use of experiential information to support textiles sourcing, besides highlighting requirements for designing future digital tools.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The future of textiles sourcing: Exploring the potential for digital tools
Event: 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care
ISBN-13: 9789587740707
Publisher version: http://de2014.uniandes.edu.co/
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1453262
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