The significant other: The value of jewellery in the conception, design and experience of body focused digital devices

Jayne Wallace*, Andy Dearden, Tom Fisher

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate how craft practice in contemporary jewellery opens up conceptions of 'digital jewellery' to possibilities beyond merely embedding pre-existing behaviours of digital systems in objects, which follow shallow interpretations of jewellery. We argue that a design approach that understands jewellery only in terms of location on the body is likely to lead to a world of 'gadgets', rather than anything that deserves the moniker 'jewellery'. In contrast, by adopting a craft approach, we demonstrate that the space of digital jewellery can include objects where the digital functionality is integrated as one facet of an object that can be personally meaningful for the holder or wearer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalAI and Society
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date6 Apr 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

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