Collaborative user-centred textile design research for healthcare: improving wellbeing and increasing performance

McLaren, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9909-5403, Stevenson, F. and Valentine, L., 2017. Collaborative user-centred textile design research for healthcare: improving wellbeing and increasing performance. In: Intersections: Collaborations In Textile Design Research Conference, Loughborough University London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 13 September 2017. Proceedings. London: Loughborough University.

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It has been widely acknowledged that collaboration across disciplines is required in order to develop innovative, sustainable textile solutions that address complex societal problems (Kane & Philpott, 2013; Igoe, 2010). Potential to develop life-changing innovations in the field of advanced textiles for medical and healthcare has been identified as a key growth sector within Scotland, with collaborative cross- disciplinary user-focused design approaches recognised as central to developing new concepts that address human needs (Malins et al. 2012). This paper describes three feasibility studies undertaken by the Textiles programme at the University of Dundee between 2012–2014; collaborative design-led research projects that supported local medical and health care companies by providing key expertise in textile design, functional clothing design methodologies and user-centred processes for design-led innovation. Analysis and discussion focuses on understanding the challenges and benefits of collaborative research between academia and local enterprise to textile design innovation, local economy, society, and education.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: McLaren, A., Stevenson, F. and Valentine, L.
Publisher: Loughborough University
Place of Publication: London
Date: September 2017
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Aug 2017 13:07
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 14:39

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