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Don’t Look Back: The Paradoxical Role of Recording in the Fashion Design Process

McGilp, H.; Eckert, C. and Earl, C. (2016). Don’t Look Back: The Paradoxical Role of Recording in the Fashion Design Process. In: Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking (Lloyd, P. and Bohemia, E. eds.), Design Research Society, London, pp. 2521–2534.

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Although there is little systematic research in academia or industry examining design processes in Fashion, anecdotal evidence, based on self- reports and observations, suggests that designers very rarely record the process of designing. Conversely, benefits and requirements of recording the design process within other domains, such as Engineering and Architecture, are well supported in the literature. This paper attempts to explore the dichotomy of recording and non-recording practice across these fields through a review of the literature, semi-structured interviews and a report on one case study in particular, drawing out further detail. Commonalities and differences are identified and new directions for research proposed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
ISSN: 2398-3132
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training1507030AHRC
Keywords: fashion design; recording; design process; comparative design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 55159
Depositing User: Helen Mcgilp
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 15:38
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 21:19
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