Tactile perceptions of digital textiles: a design research approach

Douglas Atkinson, Pawel Orzechowski, Bruna Petreca, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Penelope Watkins, Sharon Baurley*, Stefano Padilla, Mike Chantler

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current interactive media presentations of textiles provide an impoverished communication of their 'textile hand', that is their weight, drape, how they feel to touch. These are complex properties experienced through the visual, tactile, auditory and proprioceptive senses and are currently lost when textile materials are presented in interactive video. This paper offers a new perspective from which the production of multi-touch interactive video representations of the tactile qualities of materials is considered. Through an understanding of hand properties of textiles and how people inherently touch and handle them, we are able to develop methods to animate and bring these properties alive using design methods. Observational studies were conducted, noting gestures consumers used to evaluate textile hand. Replicating the appropriate textile deformations for these gestures in interactive video was explored as a design problem. The resulting digital textile swatches and their interactive behavior were then evaluated for their ability to communicate tactile qualities similar to those of the real textiles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
Event2013 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives - Paris, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013


Conference2013 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives
Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Design methods
  • Design research
  • Methodology
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • User interactions
  • Visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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