• FabTouch: A tool to enable communication and design of tactile and affective fabric experiences

Xue, Jing ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9942-2611, Petreca, Bruna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4120-4758, Dawes, Christopher ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8906-1912 and Obrist, Marianna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4009-1627, 2023, Book Section, FabTouch: A tool to enable communication and design of tactile and affective fabric experiences CHI '23: Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems . Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-1-4503-9421-5

Abstract or Description:

The tactile experience of fabric is not only a sensory experience but also an affective one. Our choice of fabric products, like clothing, is often based on how they feel. Effectively communicating such experiences is crucial for designing tactile fabric experiences. However, there remains a lack of comprehensive understanding of the fabric tactile and affective experiences, preventing the development of tools to facilitate the communication of these experiences. In this paper, we examine the fabric experiences of 27 participants towards nine cotton samples. We combine qualitative and quantitative methods to create FabTouch, a novel tool to facilitate a dialogue in the design of fabric experiences. We found six phases of fabric touch experiences including fabric touch responses, sensory associations, and emotional responses. Initial feedback from designers suggested that FabTouch could enrich design processes both in practice and in education and can create inspiration for physical and digital design explorations.

Official URL: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3544548.3581288
Subjects: Other > Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: Research Centres > Material Science Research Centre
Funders: UKRI [EP/V011766/1], European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [101017746]
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3581288
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fabric; Touch; Tactile Experiences: Afective Responses; Diachronic and Synchronic Experiential Mapping; Multisensory Experiences
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2023 15:17
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 15:17
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5361
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