Atkinson, D., Baurley, S., Petreca, B.B., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. and Watkins, P., 2016. The tactile triangle: a design research framework demonstrated through tactile comparisons of textile materials. Journal of Design Research, 14(2), pp.142-170.
In this paper we contribute The Tactile Triangle framework, comprised of three different levels of tactile experience and the different methods used to capture them: physical properties, in which human senses or objective testing measure fabric properties; the perceptual space level in which triadic comparisons reveal combinations of various dimensions which capture and describe tactile experiences; and finally the communication level, in which design games elicit languages communicating tactile perceptions. A case study illustrates the framework's use to compare the tactile experiences of textiles.
Petreca, B., Saito, C., Baurley, S., Atkinson, D., Yu, X., & Bianchi-Berthouze, N. (2019). Radically relational tools: A design framework to explore materials through embodied processes. International Journal of Design, 13(2), 7-20.
This position paper explores the experiential knowledge observed through embodied design processes. We build on our previous research that identified relevant embodied processes to textile selection, and reflect on how we have explored how sensing technology can augment and empower each of these processes, and thereby support design. The paper presents a new design framework that positions relational principles and embodied processes at the core of the design practice as a radical proposal for the development of tools for textile explorations. Hence its title, Radically Relational. Relying on sensorial practices, it provides insights into tacit strategies which help to articulate non-verbal approaches to materials and to craft new forms of knowledge and modes of practice.
Petreca, B., Baurley, S. and Bianchi-Berthouze, N., 2015, September. How do designers feel textiles? In 2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) (pp. 982-987). IEEE.
This paper aims to further understand the tactile experience during textile selection with fine-grained detail and the dynamics of the lived experience, in response to the diverse findings from our previous studies. We have applied the ‘micro-phenomenological’ interview method and thematic analysis. Taken together, these approaches revealed 2 types of touch behaviour (active and passive) and 3 tactile-based phases (Situate, Simulate and Stimulate). We discuss these emerging themes in the textile touch process, to inform the design of technology to support it, and to take the textile touching experience to further understand aspects of affective touch beyond social touch.
Ribul, M., Goldsworthy, K. and Collet, C., 2021. Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD): A Methodology for Designing Circular Material-Driven Fabrication and Finishing Processes in the Materials Science Laboratory. Sustainability 13 (3), 1268.
This paper presents the Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD) methodology for design research based in the materials science laboratory. The methods and practice which make up this methodology include distinct phases of exploration, translation and activation, each with its own set of methods. The MDTD methodology proposes an approach to design research in a scientific setting that is decoupled from a specific product or application in order to lift disciplinary boundaries for the development of circular material-driven fabrication and finishing processes at the intersection of materials science and design, enabling a new transdisciplinary practice to emerge. The development of the fabrication of a textile composite with regenerated cellulose obtained from waste textiles results from the MDTD methodology informing novel textile processes that inscribe new, regenerative approaches within the circular economy.
Ribul, Miriam and de la Motte, Hanna, 2018, Journal Article, Material Translation: Validation and Visualization as Transdisciplinary Methods for Textile Design and Materials Science in the Circular Bioeconomy. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice (RFTD), 6(1). pp. 66-88. ISSN 2051-1787.
This paper explores the processes taking place in material experiments at the intersection of textile design and materials science and establishes a materials practice at the intersection of these disciplines. We have applied transdisciplinary methods for visualisation and validation in which design vision and scientific method are integrated. These methods resulted in new techniques for prototyping with regenerated cellulose in the context of the bioeconomy and revealed an approach for material translation taking place during experiments that improves interdisciplinary communication in materials science and design research.
Professor Sharon Baurley
Sharon’s research is focused on advanced interdisciplinary human-centred design methods to create new ‘Product Cultures’, as a strategy for post-Industrial Design in the age of the Anthropocene, that de-couple the use of materials resources from human wellbeing and economic development, in the context of the Fab City, where cities are locally productive whilst being globally connected.
Dr Bruna Petreca
Research Fellow in Human Experience & Materials
Bruna is a design researcher and practitioner whose research engages with and develops a deeper understanding of the sensory characterisation of materials.