Resilience, Sustainability, Tactility

8th May

11:15am – 12:45pm

The project panel "Resilience, Sustainability, Tactility" seeks to diversify the conversation about the thematic strand "Designing Resilience". It will focus on the contribution of design to matters of care through the design practices of the DGTF community and related fields.

Lea Schmidt, Hochschule Luzern/TU Dresden Variety and Mono-Material

In a circular mode, material persists beyond the lifespan of artefacts and a mono-material approach in design is therefore obvious.
Often, designers use different materials to achieve variety in products. Therefore, from a designer’s point of view, a mono-material approach is unattractive – it initially appears as a limitation. However, in this limitation, core competencies of designers become crucial: How can high variety be achieved in one single material?
The project at hand examines the approach along polyester. On one hand, polyester is processed using additive manufacturing technology, which leads to a solid characteristic of the material. On the other hand, polyester is used as textile substrates; in that form, polyester has a flexible characteristic. These two characteristics are combined in one artefact. 

The presentation at the DGT conference demonstrates how mono-material design strategies can be developed that meet the functional-aesthetic demands of variety as well as an understanding of design as a temporary interaction within closed material cycles.

Jessica Bulling, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
The Power of Pineapple and Co – Leather Substitutes as Sensually Perceptible Symbol Carriers

Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Entwicklung, Optimierung und Akzeptanz von Lederalternativen. Im Zuge dessen wird der Werkstoff Leder, seine sinnliche Wahrnehmung sowie seine Funktion als zweite Haut und Symbolträger untersucht.

Isabel Rosa Müggler Zumstein, Hochschule Luzern 
Materiality In The Post Digital World: What You See Is Not What You Feel

The concept of materiality unites the meaning of material and the influence of materials on us humans. The material-driven design approach envisions a holistic approach and would include all of the material's inherent properties. But this approach is diametrically opposed to the visual material culture that is taking hold with digitalisation.
A knowledge gap could be identified on the haptic quality of textiles versus its visual appearance. An empirical study was conducted with hundred persons to investigate how knitted fabric structures are perceived haptically and visually. In short, what we see is not what we feel. These divergent experiences of textile materials pose a problem in the present post-digital world, especially for the design of a user-centred future.

Moderator: Charlett Wenig, Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«, HU Berlin / Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Panel Speakers

Lea Schmidt
Jessica Bulling

Isabel Rosa Müggler Zumstein
Charlett Wenig (Moderation)