Weaving Textile-form Interfaces: A Material-Driven Design Journey

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A woven textile-form is a form that is constructed simultaneously as the textile is woven. Interfaces designed with this approach hold undisclosed potential for rich interactions. However, the design of woven textile-form interfaces requires specialised tacit knowledge, which is limited even in craft and practice spaces; and it is therefore inaccessible to HCI designers. To bridge this gap, we present the material-driven journey of a multidisciplinary team to design a woven textile-form interface using various techniques such as paper models and diagrams to design for multi-layer weaving. Replacing traditional yarns with conductive yarn, we achieved woven textile-forms with electronic sensing capabilities. By outlining our process, the pictorial highlights the challenges and opportunities of textile-form thinking for HCI designers. Additionally, its printed version serves as a ‘paper prototyping tool’ for designers to gain hands-on experience developing textile-form interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-9893-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, DIS 2023 Companion - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023


Conference2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, DIS 2023 Companion
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Textile-form Interfaces
  • weaving
  • HCI textiles
  • Material-Driven Design
  • design tools
  • prototyping


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