I Love this Dress, It Makes Me Feel Beautiful! Empathic Knowledge in Sustainable Design
Authors: Niinimäki, Kirsi; Koskinen, Ilpo
Source: The Design Journal, 1 June 2011, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 165-186(22)
Abstract:This paper presents a study on sustainable product relationships with an eye on textiles and clothing. A framework is constructed which integrates sustainable product relationships and the field and role of design. As a result, it studies how an empathic design approach could improve a sustainable design process. In order to promote sustainability, designers need to aim at enhancing long-term product relationships. By studying the user's relationships with and attachments to products, designers have the opportunity to create deeper product satisfaction and thereby long-term product relationships. This paper concludes by evaluating how an empathic approach can be of primary importance in promoting sustainable product relationships by deepening current methods of understanding consumers' needs, values and emotions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2011