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Materials Experience


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Explore contemporary theory and practice in the domain of materials and design through the perspective of many of the foremost experts in materials selection and product design

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1. Introduction to Materials Experience Karana, Pedgley, Rognoli Part I - SUSTAINABILITY 2. The "material" side of design for sustainability Carlo Vezzoli 3. Sustainable multipurpose materials for design Sascha Peters 4. Materials and social sustainability Prabhu Kandachar 5. A sustainable materials library to inspire alternative product ideas Jakki Dehn 6. The generation of new products through upcycling David Bramston, Anne Chick 7. Sustainability and aesthetic in materials for design Valentina Rognoli, Elvin Karana 8. Theory of design for sustainability and materials Tracy Bhamra Designer Interview Hella Jongerius Designer meeting Can Yalman Part II - TECHNOLOGY 9. The next generation of materials and design Rob Thompson, Elaine Ng Yan Ling 10. Materials that can resonate with the external world Raymond Oliver 11. Biomimetic Materials Julian Vincent 12. Lightweight materials, lightweight design? Erik Tempelman 13. Nanomaterials in design Daniel Schodek 14. Novel structured PZT-polymer composites for sensing and energy harvesting applications Sybrand van der Zwaag Designer Interview Alberto Meda Designer Interview Other UK Designer Part III - USER INTERACTION 15. Designing materials experience Paul Hekkert, Elvin Karana 16. Sensing materials: exploring the building blocks for experiential design Rick Schifferstein, Lisa Wastiels 17. Manipulating the material code Blaine Brownell 18. Every material has a story Aart van Bezooyen 19. The sensoaesthetics of materials: experiments in material-user interaction with regard to the sound and taste of materials Zoe Laughlin, Phil Howes 20. Meaningful stuff: toward longer lasting products Jonathan Chapman Designer Interview Paolo Ulian Designer Interview Piet Hein Eek Part IV - SELECTION 21. Modelling materials technology and the designer's perceptual span Eddie Norman 22. The interaction between functional and human-centred attributes when selecting materials for product design - Kevin Edwards 23. The immaterial of materials Jonathon Allen 24. From stiffness of iron-carbon diagram to weakness of sensoriality: the manifold designerly ways of developing engineering competencies in materials Marinella Levi, Luigi De Nardo 25. Materials selection towards tactile aesthetic appreciation Hengfeng Zuo, Tony Hope 26. Materials selection for product experience: new thinking, new tools Owain Pedgley 27. The concept-context approach to learning material properties in design (-related) education Marc de Vries Designer Interview Dick Powell Designer Interview Ece Yalim 28. Inspirational resources for materials 29. Conclusion

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Dr. Karana is currently assistant professor in the department of Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Design Engineering. She has presented her research at a number of international conferences and has run various workshops on the 'meanings of materials'. Dr. Karana is one of the founders of the Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) Design Platform in The Netherlands. Her current research and education interests include teaching materials in design and designing and manufacturing with bio-based materials. She is the developer and the coordinator of the Materials Library: Made Of.. at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft. Dr. Pedgley is associate professor of industrial design at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He teaches courses in materials and design and is actively involved in three areas of research: materials and manufacturing for industrial design, designing interactions between people and things, and methods of conducting academic research through designing artefacts. he holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Design from Loughborough University, UK. Dr. Rognoli teaches courses in product development and materials for design within the department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Her current research interests include materials and design, expressivity and sensorality in materials for design, emotional design, design and neurosciences, and biomimicry.


"When the design focus shifts from 'products' to 'interactions', materials must be considered (also) as 'experience'. This book is a very useful contribution to attend to the experiential side of materials." - Ezio Manzini

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