The significant other: the value of jewellery within the conception, design and experience of body focussed digital devices

WALLACE, J., DEARDEN, Andy and FISHER, T. (2007). The significant other: the value of jewellery within the conception, design and experience of body focussed digital devices. AI and society, 22 (1), 53-62.

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate how craft practice in contemporary jewellery opens up conceptions of ‘digital jewellery’ to possibilities beyond merely embedding pre-existing behaviours of digital systems in objects, which follow shallow interpretations of jewellery. We argue that a design approach that understands jewellery only in terms of location on the body is likely to lead to a world of ‘gadgets’, rather than anything that deserves the moniker ‘jewellery’. In contrast, by adopting a craft approach, we demonstrate that the space of digital jewellery can include objects where the digital functionality is integrated as one facet of an object that can be personally meaningful for the holder or wearer.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Springer. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00146-006-0070-5
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 14:52
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43

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