Objects, materiality and meaning

Torben Anker Lenau, Hanne Lindegaard

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    Abstract

    The present research work investigates the relation between physical objects, their materiality, understood as the physical substances they are made from, and the communication from the objects. In product design of physical objects the communicative aspects are just as important as the function of the object, and the designers aim is therefore to tune both in order to achieve a desired goal. To do so the designer basically has 2 options: Alteration of the physical shape of the object and the selection of materials. Through the manipulation of shape and materials can symbolic and sensory information be written into the object. The materials are therefore carriers of communication, even though this is dependent of the cultural context and the environment which the object will be part of. However the designer has only minor influence on those.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNordcode 2008, May 2008
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventNordcode 2008, May 2008 - Lund Sweden
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceNordcode 2008, May 2008
    CityLund Sweden
    Period01/01/2008 → …

    Keywords

    • Aestetics
    • Semiotics
    • Design

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