Material and Immaterial: New Product Experience

By Sara Bergamaschi, Esther Lefebvre, Sara Colombo, Barbara Del Curto and Lucia Rampino.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 8, 2016 $US5.00

Digital interactions are becoming more and more widespread in our contemporary world. However, they are immaterial interactions, which lack the richness of the sensory and physical experience we have while interacting with the real world. It is said that material interactions are more effective in eliciting emotions, since they can affect more senses together, instead of only sight. For this reason, we aim to find ways to re-integrate physical forms of interaction in products through dynamic sensory features. Such features are made possible by the use of smart materials, which change properties in response to external stimuli. This allows products to react to their environments and to give simple and intuitive messages to the user. In this study, different uses of smart materials are explored, as well as the potential support that they can give to the implementation of dynamic products. As a result, a design tool was created in order to relate changeable sensory features to smart materials, with the aim to create more engaging user experiences.

Keywords: Dynamic Products, Smart Materials, Product Experience

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 8, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 757.780KB)).

Sara Bergamaschi

Ph.D Student, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Esther Lefebvre

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Dr. Sara Colombo

Ph.D., Design Department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Prof. Barbara Del Curto

Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Prof. Lucia Rampino

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy