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Skin Deep. Perceptions of human and material ageing and opportunities for design

Bridgens, Ben and Lilley, Debra and Zeilig, Hannah and Searing, Caroline (2019) Skin Deep. Perceptions of human and material ageing and opportunities for design. In: Running With Scissors. 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, 10-12 April 2019, University of Dundee.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Bridgens, Ben and Lilley, Debra and Zeilig, Hannah and Searing, Caroline
Description:

In Western society there is an obsession, fuelled by pervasive advertising, with hiding the effects of ageing and maintaining skin that exudes ‘youthful perfection’. Rapid unsustainable purchasing and disposal of mass-produced objects is, in part, driven by ‘cosmetic obsolescence’ - changes to the pristine material surface which are perceived as damage and degradation. We consider the parallels between these attitudes to changes in material surfaces and human ageing, and propose that actively considering future material change in product design could increase product longevity with both environmental and social benefits. Keywords: obsolescence, ageing, cosmetic, longevity.

Official Website: https://ead2019dundee.com/
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 12 April 2019
Event Location: University of Dundee
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 12:42
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 12:42
Item ID: 14200
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/14200

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