The Perceptions of Metals' Potential Aging Factors: Results from the Survey of Post-secondary Design Students in Portugal

By Pedro Oliveira and Marques Fernando Miguel.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Designers decide which materials they will use in a project after considering numerous aspects, from materials' quantifiable aspects (e.g. physical and mechanical properties, manipulation possibilities, availability, etc.) to the non-quantifiable ones (e.g. environmental impact, social value, perceptions of aging, etc.). Very few studies have been conducted on non-quantifiable aspects, what we refer to as materials’ cultural dimensions. Departing from these considerations we conducted a survey of design students in Portugal regarding their forecasts on metallic materials’ aging. The findings produced evidence of the prejudices students held towards certain materials. This evidence must be taken seriously, considering that aging is one of the key aspects of materials that designers take into account when making project decisions. This research study was carried out in order to understand the aging factors that are expected to occur for specific materials. The following study was conducted on a representative number of students that attended design courses in Portugal during year 2010-2011, and this article presents the results of the study.

Keywords: Design Education, Material, Metal, Aging, Perception

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 534.708KB)).

Dr. Pedro Oliveira

Researcher, Centro de Estudos e Investigação Aplicados, Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design, ISEC, FAUTL, Lisboa, Portugal

Marques Fernando Miguel

Researcher, Centro de Investigação de Arquitectura Urbanismo e Design, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal