Exploring How People Interpret Interactive Wearables with Biophilic Movement

By: Neda Fayazi   Lois Frankel  

Applying bio-inspired strategies in the design of products may enhance user-product interaction and create a positive and pleasurable experience. One of these strategies is the application of ‘biophilic movements’, these are movements that are inspired by nature and could create a positive emotional impact. For designers to identify the value of applying these movements in the design of products, it is necessary to understand how people interpret and possibly respond to different bio-inspired movements. Currently, there are no guidelines to assist designers in incorporating biologically inspired movements in wearables that respond to people’s subjective interpretations. Therefore, to explore this, certain kinds of tools and methods are needed. As a result, this study introduces a method for developing a biophilic semantic differential scale and a step-by-step pilot method for understanding how people interpret biophilic movements in biophilic body-worn artifacts.

Interactive Wearables; Biophilic Movements; Emotional Responses
Designed Objects
Poster/Exhibit Session

Neda Fayazi

PhD Student , Information Technology, Carleton University

Neda Fayazi is a user experience designer, illustrator artist, and researcher. Having a bachelor's and master's degree in the field of Industrial Design has greatly influenced her design research path. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Information Technology at Carleton University (expected 2021). Her main research interests include: wearable and fashionable technology; user-centered design; emotional design; positive design; and user-product experience. 

Lois Frankel

Associate Professor of Industrial Design, Carleton University, Canada