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  • Carative Factors in the Design Development Process: Towards Understanding Owner–Object Detachment and Promoting Object Longevity

Choi, Yoon Jung and Stevens, John, 2018, Journal Article, Carative Factors in the Design Development Process: Towards Understanding Owner–Object Detachment and Promoting Object Longevity The Design Journal, - (-). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1460-6925

Abstract or Description:

Designing for object detachment offers potential for extending an object’s lifespan and reducing environmental impact. The philosophy and theory of care-giving in nursing practice may be usefully adapted and applied to the care of possessions. Care-giving behaviour towards objects includes maintaining and repairing them, but also letting them go gracefully, and has potential implications for sustainable design. Little research has explored applying the concept of ‘carative factors’ (love and charity, and the motive of all caring) to the design process. This study introduces a toolkit based on four motive caring factors and influential factors, and reports on an exploratory workshop, in which participants use the toolkit to generate design concepts. The results suggest that the concept of carative factors has value in the design processes for extending the lifespan of objects, and the toolkit provides better understanding for designers of ownership, disposal and reuse.

Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14606...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2018.1468166
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2018 14:30
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2952

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