Data objects: Design principles for data physicalisation

R. Sosa, V. Gerrard, A. Esparza, R. Torres, R. Napper

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This paper describes the principles, methods and strategies for the design of everyday objects that embody data-or Data Objects. The work presented in the paper connects the fields of industrial design and data physicalisation to introduce the concept of using data as a design material. To support the creative synthesis of Data Objects the paper provides a literature review, methods and guidance on the creation of Data Objects alongside examples-and possible opportunities, challenges, and future scenarios-for the practice, use and the study of Data Objects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
EditorsDorian Marjanovic, Mario Storga, Stanko Skec, Nenad Bojcetic, Neven Pavkovic
Place of PublicationZagrab, Croatia
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Univ. of Zagreb
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Design Conference 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018
Conference number: 15th

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN
ISSN (Print)1847-9073


ConferenceInternational Design Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleDESIGN 2018
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  • Big data analysis
  • Design activities
  • Design methods

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