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Made From Parts: Creating emotionally durable products to increase product longevity

Format: Maps & Exhibits, NID maps, RSD11, RSD11: Products are systemic objects, Topic: Methods & Methodology, Topic: Socioecological Design

Amrutha Prakash and Neha Mandlik

The journey of our consuming self started more than 100 years ago. We have slowly become a community that depends on products for our identity. Material consumption mainly depends on the meaning a product provides to its consumers. It is the sustainability of this meaning which helps in increasing the longevity of products.  The role of designers is to nudge people into a path of conscious consumerism and help to create a more sustainable community. As stated by Ikea, “Change begins at home”. It is from the residence that a designer should start making the change.  To understand whether involving the user in creating a product could bring a change within the users,  I created a research experiment using the Participatory Method. In this experiment, I handed a kit to several participants and asked them to create a lamp for their homes. By doing this, users helped co-create the lamp, and it became valuable to them as it created a bond and a narrative with the product. The experiment resulted in generating a meaningful product that has value and attachment to the user, due to which the users wanted to sustain it for a longer period. This fundamental character of humans, that ‘made from parts’ is trying to tap into.


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Citation Data

Author(s): Amrutha Prakash and Neha Mandlik
Year: 2022
Title: Made From Parts: Creating emotionally durable products to increase product longevity
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 207
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 1 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404