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  • The tactile triangle: a design research framework demonstrated through tactile comparisons of textile materials

Atkinson, Douglas, Baurley, Sharon, Petreca, Bruna Beatriz, Berthouze, Nadia Bianchi and Watkins, Penelope, 2016, Journal Article, The tactile triangle: a design research framework demonstrated through tactile comparisons of textile materials Journal of Design Research, 14 (2). pp. 142-170. ISSN 1569-1551

Abstract or Description:

Tactile experiences of textile materials are difficult to communicate and elicit. To interrogate this space we propose the tactile triangle, a framework to facilitate systematic analysis and comparison of tactile experiences. The three levels reflect different aspects of tactile experience and possible methods 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 frameworks use to compare the tactile experiences of textiles in experts and consumers. The results show expert and consumer perceptions overlapped and correlated well to objective measures except in the perception of temperature. We conclude by discussing the frameworks effectiveness, the contribution of individual methods, and its potential as a communication tool for designers.

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/JDR.2016.077015
Subjects: Other > Engineering > H100 General Engineering
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: Research Centres > Material Science Research Centre
Funders: EPSRC, AHRC
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/JDR.2016.077015
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 11:07
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 10:36
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4208
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