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Bodies of Empathy: A Data-Driven Approach to Fashion Design

Mukoki, Mufaro (2024) Bodies of Empathy: A Data-Driven Approach to Fashion Design. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Mukoki, Mufaro

Bodies of Empathy aims to explore the role of fashion design and wearable technology in data physicalization for enhancing empathy. By mapping data into the physical form of garments, this research attempts to bring data back to the physical world and make it relatable to the people from whom it has been collected. Data can be too complex for non-experts to understand. It is necessary for information designers to find new and engaging ways to communicate the insights from this data to everyday people so they can be empowered to understand and act on it for the betterment of society. The field of fashion design, which considers garments/clothing as an extension of the body, can give insight into how designers can leverage on the affordances of garments in the communication of complex information. Wearable technology garments have the power to extend our embodied senses, enhancing our understanding of data and inspiring empathy. Through engaging in an alternative fashion design process, devised from combining research through design, data visualization and soma design methods, the project maps African Immigrant data onto garments. These data-based garments created are aimed at inspiring empathy in wearers to improve emotional connectedness.

Date: 7 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wearable technology, data-based garments, data physicalization
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 20:10
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 20:10
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4454

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