Change matters: theories of postdigital textiles and material design

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This paper identifies examples of postdigital practice in textile and material design and uses the theories of New Materialism and the concept of the New Aesthetic to understand contemporary practice methods and outcomes. In the context of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity it seeks to develop a theoretical context for designing textiles and materials that may be crafted algorithmically, that are alive with agency and pervasive in our subjectivity. Using key examples of contemporary designers, this paper identifies the deepening relationship between textiles and material design practice in the postdigital era. It begins to trace a legacy that asserts a continuity from textiles and material design practice in more traditional conventional formats to future and emerging design that engages and elicits both the physical and digital aspects of our culture in fluid times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2018 International Conference: Catalyst
EditorsCritiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1912294190
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2018
EventDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameDRS International Conference Series
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst


  • design theory
  • design research
  • textiles
  • materials
  • postdigital


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