Augmented Materials for Tangible Interfaces: Experimenting with Young Designers. Outcomes and Analysis

  • Marinella FerraraEmail author
  • Anna Cecilia Russo
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 903)


This paper deals with the design of emerging, augmented, ICS materials in the framework of a Design-Driven Material Innovation approach, presenting a selection of concepts of Tangible Interfaces, developed during a workshop held at Politecnico di Milano. In the attempt to include digital technologies in product and interior design, enhancing human experience and new perspectives for next interactive products, young designers were asked to explore the new possibilities offered by these novel materials in an Experiencing Prototyping and Smart Aesthetics framework. The core of the paper focuses on the outcomes and the analysis of this experience between research and educational activity. The last part refers to the ongoing shift within Design Schools, where the educational mission is increasingly promoting workshops and partnerships with design oriented companies. The novel technological landscape implies indeed this sort of collaborations, as Design Schools can effectively assist companies in making evidence based decisions.


Augmented materials ICS materials Material interfaces Smart aesthetics Material design teaching Product design Interaction design 



Many thanks to Luca Metta and Gabriele Lorusso for tutoring the young designers during the workshop.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Design DepartmentPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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