‘In this Digital age are Designers "missing out" on ‘Touch’

Montgomery, Bruce (2010) ‘In this Digital age are Designers "missing out" on ‘Touch’. In: The Textile Institute Centenary Conference: 3-4 November 2010, Manchester, UK: Textiles: a Global Vision. The Textile Institute, Manchester, UK. ISBN 9781617822704, 9780956641915

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Ignoring our sensory skills is having a detrimental impact on creative practise. The result will be a totally artificial world if we do not utilise ‘TOUCH’.

‘Sennett views Ruskin, unforgettably, as a man deeply aware of his own sensations and experience, making the appeal we might today describe as "get back in touch with your body". Ruskin observed in Stones of Venice the draughtsman stopping, fumbling, and losing temporary control over his work only to resume with new confidence. These are magic human moments no machines can replicate.’ [1]

This paper questions whether we have allowed designers to depend too
much on technology to the degree that designers are missing out on developing knowledge and products through sensory and tactile skills both in industry and in education thus allowing the next generation to move even further away from Sennett’s vision of the novice to practitioner and eventually expert.

It explores the implications of this trend and will look at a range of design references and conferences that refer to the subject. The research moves on to look at how digital has changed design practise. The paper concludes that there may be creative benefits if digital design was balanced with a more tactile design skills education in the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: craftsmanship, sensory, tactile
Subjects: J400 Polymers and Textiles
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Bruce Montgomery
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 08:53
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 14:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9159

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