Subject Object Relationships and Emotionally Durable Design

Chapman, Jonathan (2010) Subject Object Relationships and Emotionally Durable Design In: Cooper, Tim, ed. Longer Lasting Solutions: Advancing Sustainable Development Through Increased Product Durability. Ashgate (Gower), London, UK. ISBN 9780566088087

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Design has a central role in the creation of longer user product relationships. Thus far, however, sustainable design methodologies have attended almost exclusively to the somewhat superficial, bodily survival of manufactured objects, to after-effects rather than causes. Durability is as much about emotion, love and attachment as it is about fractured polymers, worn gaskets or blown circuitry. There is little point designing physical durability into goods if consumers lack the desire to keep them. The scope and power of emotional experiences delivered via objects produced through the current system are incredibly limited. Their ability to support and mediate evolving narrative experiences are weak. Commercially viable strategies are needed for emotionally durable objects which engage users on deeper and more profound levels, delivering intense and sophisticated experiences that penetrate the user psyche over longer, more rewarding, periods of time. New, alternative genres of objects could increase the durability of relationships between users and products, people and things. This will demand novel and provocative models of sustainable design capable of developing emotionally durable objects and empowering consumers to transcend the superficial urgencies of conventional consumerism and forge deep emotive connections with their possessions.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Additional Information: By Jonathan Chapman © 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: Product life; WEEE Directive; attachment. emotionally durable design; sustainability; ewaste
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Chapman
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2015 14:13

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