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Fashionable Services for Wearables: Inventing and Investigating a New Design Path for Smart Watches
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With the advent of wearable devices equipped with publicly visible screens, we argue for the need to apply fashion thinking in designing their visual expression. The screen provides endless variations of visual expression, beyond traditional clothing. The topic motivates us to investigate the potential of assembling “fashion thinking” with services generation, to create new forms of use that wearers will adore, as they do with clothes. Disregarding fashion thinking in wearable design might lead to user dissatisfaction and missed opportunities. In an explorative design study we triangulate three methods i.e. a small study on the use of smart watches in dressing practices; an invention and design of a service called “Watch for Figuracy”, with a watch face contextually dependent on the wearer’s dressed ensemble, and finally an initial user feedback study. Altogether they indicate the potential of fashion wearable hybrids and shortcomings in utilizing color theory for matching the watch face to the outfit.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Wearables, fashion, smart watches, outfit, watch face, design triangulation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130509DiVA: diva2:930628
Conference
NordiCHI 2016, 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 23-27, 2016
Funder
Vattenfall AB
Note

Manuscript.

Available from: 2016-05-24 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2016-07-01
In thesis
1. Tech Fashion: Fashion Institutionalization in Digital Technology
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores aesthetization in general and fashion in particular in digital technology design and how we can design digital technology to account for the extended influences of fashion. The thesis applies a combination of methods to explore the new design space at the intersection of fashion and technology. First, it contributes to theoretical understandings of aesthetization and fashion institutionalization that influence digital technology design. We show that there is an unstable aesthetization in mobile design and the increased aesthetization is closely related to the fashion industry. Fashion emerged through shared institutional activities, which are usually in the form of action nets in the design of digital devices. “Tech Fashion” is proposed to interpret such dynamic action nets of institutional arrangements that make digital technology fashionable and desirable. Second, through associative design research, we have designed and developed two prototypes that account for institutionalized fashion values, such as the concept “outfit-centric accessory.” We call for a more extensive collaboration between fashion design and interaction design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2016. 107 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 16-009
Keyword
Fashion, Mobile technology, aesthetics, wearable, institutionalization
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130200 (URN)978-91-7649-465-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-09-02, L30, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
VINNOVA
Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Accepted. Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-05-10 Last updated: 2016-08-23Bibliographically approved

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