Design Thinking for Textiles: let’s make it meaningful

Louise Valentine (Lead / Corresponding author), Jen Ballie, Joanna Bletcher, Sara Robertson, Frances Stevenson

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The values underpinning the global textile industry are continuing to transform because of globalisation, sustainability and technological progress. This is enabled by the changes within the discipline of design itself, through the impact of design thinking on business management and leadership (Cooper et al, 2015), a move towards co-creation rather than individual authorship (Sanders, 2013; Sanders and Stappers, 2014), smart technologies (Taylor and Robertson, 2014), and greater attention to how we meet today’s social needs through design (Thackera, 2013; Manzini, 2015). This paper is concerned with the impact of transformation upon the role of the textile designer and design educator. Discussion draws on recent design research in Smart Textiles, E-Co Textiles and the sustainability agenda, future craft and designer’s thinking, revealing a set of values underpinning the contemporary craft of textile design, facilitating a conversation as to how they relate to the active concept of authenticity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S964-S976
Number of pages13
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numberSupplement 1
Early online date6 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event12th European Academy of Design Conference: Design for Next - Faculty of Architecture in Valle Giulia, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017 (Link to Conference website)


  • Values
  • Craft
  • Smart textiles
  • Circular economy
  • Collaboration


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