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Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences

Wilkes, S; Wongsriruksa, S; Howes, P; Gamester, R; Witchel, H; Conreen, M; Laughlin, Z; (2016) Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences. Materials and Design , 90 pp. 1228-1237. 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.013. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.013
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.013
Language: English
Additional information: This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0
Keywords: Aesthetics, Design tools, Design-driven materials innovation, Ethnography, Haptic encounter, Interdisciplinary dialogue, Material experiences, Materials selection, Psychophysics, Sensory perception, Technical properties
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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 Mechanical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468609
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