Creatively Designing with/for Cultural Nostalgia: Designers’ Reflections on Technological Change and the Loss of Physicality

Haian Xue, Martin Woolley

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Abstract

This paper examines accelerated technological change as one of the forces evoking cultural nostalgia and how designers are aware of the phenomenon and how they are creatively dealing with it. Firstly, it challenges the conventional understanding of nostalgia in the design field and introduces a contemporary concept of nostalgia and its special relationship with design based
on a multidisciplinary literature review. Secondly, it specifically examines the loss of physicality in many aspects of people’s lives, caused by the rapid development of digital technology and its impact on the growing appetite for relevant cultural nostalgia, which is often shared cross-culturally.
Then, by focusing on an example of this effect in contemporary musical lifestyles and analyzing two recent design cases from the USA, we investigate how the designers have assimilated the value of (cultural) nostalgia, by creatively reviving lost but cherished early experiences in the present and encouraging people to critically reflect on the digital lifestyle. In conclusion the paper discusses
nostalgia as a general design issue and how designers may creatively exert positive influence on societal ‘nostalgia waves’ in a broader sense
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Congress on International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2013)
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherIASDR
ISBN (Print)4998077635
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th International Congress on International Association of Societies of Design Research - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 Aug 201330 Aug 2013
Conference number: 5
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Conference

Conference5th International Congress on International Association of Societies of Design Research
Abbreviated titleIASDR2013
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period26/08/1330/08/13
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