Adopting an emotionally durable design approach, to develop knitted prototypes for women living with Raynaud's syndrome

Shawgi, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-1368-3755, Townsend, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511 and Hardy, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-6028-7555, 2019. Adopting an emotionally durable design approach, to develop knitted prototypes for women living with Raynaud's syndrome. In: PLATE: Product Lifetimes and the Environment: conference proceedings of PLATE 2019. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

This paper reports on an aspect of current research into designing knitwear products for Raynaud's Syndrome: a condition triggered by the cold or a drop in atmospheric temperature; causing numbness, pain, dexterity and mobility issues. Participatory research with a group of women, between the ages of 26 and 68 who suffer from Raynaud's, has identified a range of 'design issues' within existing products, some of which fail to mitigate the effects of cold and poor circulation effectively. In addition, many available products have limited appeal in terms of style, colour, pattern and texture. By considering the identified needs of this group, a range of knitted garment prototypes have been developed that respond to users' practical, aesthetic and emotional needs. This emotionally durable design approach, informed by IPA (Interpretative phenomenological analysis) builds on recent research into the development of new collaborative methodologies and business models that support product attachment and longevity (Townsend et al 2017 and 2018).

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at PLATE: Product Lifetimes and the Environment, 2019, Fraunhofer IZM in cooperation with Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany, 18-20 September 2019.
Creators: Shawgi, L., Townsend, K. and Hardy, D.
Publisher: IOS Press
Place of Publication: Amsterdam
Date: 10 December 2019
Volume: 1
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Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Feb 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 10:48
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42271

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