Thinking Pieces

Sensory

Technologies of Touch: Rendering physical tactile sensations into virtual online shopping environments

Guest post, by Dr. Margot Racat, Professor of Marketing, IDRAC Business School (@Margot_bb, LinkedIn, Research Gate) Cosmetics are among the most sensory products around. Almost ten years ago when I was working at l’Oréal, the worldwide cosmetic group, they were about to launch their first virtual try-on make-over, and I began to realise that we… Continue reading Technologies of Touch: Rendering physical tactile sensations into virtual online shopping environments

In-Touch Podcast

Relearning and reconfiguring touch in life-changing circumstances

In this episode, Lili Golmohammadi and Kerstin Leder Mackley speak to former teacher Caroline Coster about relearning and reconfiguring touch after quadruple amputations. We explore Caroline’s modified touch experiences, including issues of touch sensitivity and the use of digital and analogue tools for navigating everyday life.

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Fashioning the Voice – A singing trench coat that shows how clothes touch us in more ways than you think

Guest post, by Jennifer Anyan (@jenniferanyan) Fashioning the Voice is an interdisciplinary research project that brings together the expertise of Yvon Bonenfant, Dr. Tychonas Michailidis and myself, Jennifer Anyan. Yvon is an artist-academic and creative director at Tract + Touch, who extends voice across media to explore innovative ways of creating. Tychonas’s work focuses on… Continue reading Fashioning the Voice – A singing trench coat that shows how clothes touch us in more ways than you think

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What Anthropomorphic Design can do for Digital Touch

Guest post, by Marc Teyssier (@marcteyssier) https://youtu.be/OuEhqHvE1qU As a designer and researcher, I am constantly obsessed with how to shape the future of interfaces and technologies. Until recently, this was easy for me to imagine. Similar to many of us, my creativity for the future was fuelled with visions proposed by science-fiction books and movies… Continue reading What Anthropomorphic Design can do for Digital Touch

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Lost in delivery. Touch, and fashion’s inconsistent communication to the visually impaired

Guest post, by Michela Ornati (@michela.ornati) About a year into my new PhD program at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland, I began losing my eyesight. I have been myopic since adolescence, so not seeing well has always been the norm for me. But this was different. The decline was marked, and what was worse,… Continue reading Lost in delivery. Touch, and fashion’s inconsistent communication to the visually impaired

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Researching Digital Touch During and After a Pandemic

Guest post, by Ned Barker (@nedbarker10) with the InTouch team. Methodological innovation is at the core of the InTouch project. Our engagement with digitally mediated touch builds on a ‘socially orientated’ stance to touch. Prior to the pandemic, our research activities involved observing, participating in, experimenting with, and disrupting touch through in-situ methods developed by… Continue reading Researching Digital Touch During and After a Pandemic

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Touched by Music: a Christmas Playlist with a Tactile Spin

By In-Touch Music is a part of our everyday lives: many song lyrics both ‘touch’ us and tell stories of our tactile relationships with one another. The interdisciplinary InTouch Project at UCL explores the social implications of digital technology for touch communication. As a fun side-project the team has compiled a Touch Playlist – and… Continue reading Touched by Music: a Christmas Playlist with a Tactile Spin

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Digital Touch: An Online Exhibition Curated by Carlos Pinto and Georgia Perkins

Guest post, by Georgia Perkins (@_GeorgiaPerkins) This guest ‘thinking piece’ illustrates the aim of the online exhibition Digital Touch, to surpass narrow notions and definitions of touch to highlight possibilities of different kinds of intimacy, care and contact which can be felt through the screen.  With the demand for social distancing and self-isolation in response… Continue reading Digital Touch: An Online Exhibition Curated by Carlos Pinto and Georgia Perkins

In-Touch Podcast

Fashioning Digital Touch

New digital processes are changing how garments are designed and developed. From wearable electronics to motion capture, to crafting a pattern on a virtual mannequin, what does rapid digitisation in fashion education and industry mean for touch? Has the role of touch and tactile material engagement in the garment design development process been fully understood yet? How does one go about studying touch practices in the contemporary fashion studio? In this episode, Lili Golmohammadi speaks to UAL lecturer, researcher, and fellow IN-TOUCH PhD candidate Douglas Atkinson about how he came to frame his study, and the ethnographic approaches he employed to understand how fashion students and tutor-practitioners use touch. Now in the final stages of the PhD, Douglas reflects on how digital touch technologies might best support fashion designers’ touch practices in the future.