The Materiality of Wearable Computers – Craft and Authentic User Experience

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Abstract:

This paper presents work undertaken as part of an ongoing research programme into wearable computers and the processes for designing personal digital artifacts that exhibit authenticity. Authenticity is discussed in its associations with contemporary craft and as a means by which tools may cease disappearing in the obsessively rational quest for the 'invisible computer' and instead become more meaningful for users as objects in interaction. Materiality is arrived at as a possible basis for further work into agentive design methodologies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/146069204789354381

Publication date: July 1, 2004

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  • Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international, refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published four times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators, and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.
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