Designing Towards Inward-Oriented Fashion Technology: Demo projects

Marina Toeters, L. Toussaint, Kevin Russell, Martijn ten Bhömer

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Fashion technology designs typically combine sensing technology and actuators to register and respond to information about the environment and/or the human body. The ways in which designers use and integrate these data into garments, however, varies on a scale from highly theatrical and outward-oriented designs to subtle and inward-oriented applications. This demo project presents five garment designs created between 2013 and 2020, that occupy the more utilitarian and inward-oriented end of the fashion technology spectrum. We demonstrate how these designs highlight the benefits of direct biofeedback and of keeping the personal data within the garment. The selection of projects aims to illustrate the importance of striking the right balance between sensing and actuation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS' 20 Companion
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Fashion technology
  • Clothing design
  • Personal biofeedback
  • Balancing sensing and actuation
  • Data privacy


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