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DESIGN FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING: KNITTED PRODUCTS FOR DIABETICS

Gault, Alison (2016) DESIGN FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING: KNITTED PRODUCTS FOR DIABETICS. IOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering, 141 (1). pp. 1-8. [Journal article]

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URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/141/1/012020

DOI: doi:10.1088/issn.1757-899X

Abstract

Abstract: This paper will discuss the design development, manufacturing and testing of knitted products maximizing the use of new innovations in Nano- technology and the integration of Phase Changing Materials specifically for diabetics. The project identified key aspects requiring design solutions to bring improvement to the circulatory problems with specific reference to the diabetic condition. Diabetics have particular difficulty in regulating their body temperature and this can result in the condition worsening, and resulting in loss of digits or limbs. The design of products to prevent the deterioration of the diabetic condition and to help those with limb loss was developed in collaboration with a Northern Ireland diabetic consultant, a product engineer and a knitwear designer. The fusion of ideas between the stakeholders resulted in the development and manufacture of a range of products that have been successfully tested at the yarn and fabric development stage and have been proven to maintain body temperature by either cooling or warming and therefore bring improvement to health and well-being. Whilst the product has a performance element the design ideas created desirable products that not only provided solutions to the brief but also resulted in products that had further market applications.Keywords: Knitting, fashion, design, health and well- being, gerontology.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Keywords: Knitting, fashion, design, health and well- being, gerontology.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
ID Code:35154
Deposited By: Mrs Alison Gault
Deposited On:21 Aug 2016 08:58
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:24

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