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Designing with Smart Textiles: a new research program
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles. (Smart Textiles)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles. (Smart Textiles)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles. (Smart Textiles)
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

No longer is it sufficient to add ‘smart’ to textiles to secure interesting research results. We have surpassed the initial stages of explorations and testing and now need to raise the bar. We have thus specified a research program in which we investigate what it means to design with smart textiles. What can we design with smart textiles? And how do we design with smart textiles? We now explore how these complex, often abstract, materials can enter traditional design practices and what role smart textile can play in the design of our environment. In this paper, we discuss the challenges we see at present, we outline our new research program and we qualify it through three examples of our ongoing projects: The smart textile sample collection, Dynamic textile patterns, and Bonad [tapestry]. The paper is as much an invitation to join forces, as it is a description of a maturing process within design research. We are over the first love, now what?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordes , 2011.
Keyword [en]
smart textiles, research program, textile design, interaction design, Textile design
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6717Local ID: 2320/10112OAI: diva2:887419
Nordes'11, the 4th Nordic Design Research Conference, School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
, May 29th - 31st, 2011

We thank to Carranza, Gamlesaeter, and Redström at the

Interactive Institute for the idea to the Bonad platform

and for letting us continue to develop it. Finally, we

thank all researchers in the Smart Textile Design Lab

who are carrying out all the research within this new



Vinnova Vinvext, is funding of our

overall Smart Textile program. Prototype

Factory has funded materials in all three projects discussed in this article.

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