Co-design development: Design direction for the clothing layering system as a wearable technology platform

Jane McCann

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    Clear design direction is needed to raise the profile and improve the image of active ageing, and to guide textile-led product development for this valuable and relatively predictable emerging market. Recent cross-disciplinary collaborative research with academic and industry stakeholders has begun to address the design needs and aspirations of the growing active ageing market sector. ‘Design for Ageing Well: improving the quality of life for the ageing population using a technology enabled garment system’ is used as a case study. This chapter describes the findings from adopting a co-design approach that has enabled the explanation of complex terminologies and practices across the range of disciplines, embracing technologists in electronics, clothing and textiles, and gerontology working with older users. Smart clothing and wearable technologies have been brought to active agers in a prototype sports-type clothing ‘layering system’, as a technology platform, with the potential to encourage well-being, social engagement and participation in healthy exercise.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTextile-Led Design for the Active Ageing Population
    EditorsJane McCann, David Bryson
    PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85709-878-8
    ISBN (Print)978-0-85709-538-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Textiles
    PublisherWoodhead Publishing
    ISSN (Print)2042-0803
    ISSN (Electronic)2042-0811


    • Clothing as a wearable technology platform
    • Co-design with older users and industry stakeholders
    • Design direction for active ageing market
    • Technology enabled clothing layering system


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