Contextualizing sustainable textile product design

This resource considers ways to actively engage with sustainability in the context of design using the card decks Sustainable Design Cards and Material Pathways. While the specific content of the cards will be described in the section ‘Sustainable Design Cards and Material Pathways’, the outset of the development of the resources was a need to [...]

Upcycling & sustainable based thinking in product design

Research is a very important process for the design of a product. Having the knowledge of what are the needs and being able to depict this [knowledge] following a sustainable thinking, is more probable to thrive as an act. nowadays. Since the textile industry is one the most harmful industries towards the environment and the [...]

Virtual prototyping & used tools

More than ten years ago, academic research opposed towards the clothing and textile industry for their lack of of effective garment-oriented CAD packages to design directly in 3D and simulating the behaviour of the product in use. Due to the growth of demand for sustainability, e-commerce, mass customization and advances of virtual reality applications, the digitization of the garment [...]

Visual Thinking to find Business Opportunities.

Visual Thinking is a methodology that uses images symbols, sketches, drawings, pictures, diagrams and even physical models to expedite the understanding of a subject, for the creation of media content and creative problem solving. With this OER we invite students to experience the dynamics of visualization to spark their imagination, ignite creative thinking, map-out challenges, envision solutions and find [...]

Card toolkit with innovative sustainability strategies

This OER wants to provide a methodology to put into practice a design process that has a result a sustainable and innovative result into the application of an advanced textile in a product. When designing products, it’s important to follow a well-organized design process that allows to consider aspects that involve the user, the market, [...]

Design thinking, creative thinking, critical thinking, art thinking

The term design has broaden its meaning during the last years. Design can be used to describe a holistic and multi-disciplinary problem-solving approach that takes user needs, desires, and capabilities as its starting point and focus. This multi-disciplinary approach become fundamental in a sector as that of technical textiles, where the functional aspects are preeminent compared to [...]

Branding aspects in the design process

Branding is the process carried out by companies to differentiate their offer from similar ones, using distinctive names or symbols. Branding, is according to Brassington and Pettitt (2000) “the creation of a three-dimensional character for a product, defined in terms of name, packaging, colours, symbols etc., that helps to differentiate it from its competitors, and helps the customer [...]

Tinkering with and for Advanced Textiles

Acquiring knowledge about materials and processes through materials exploration is a fundamental step in the roadmap of Textile Designers' practice and education. The most successful way to get tacit knowledge about advanced textiles and to foster creativity for further development and innovative solutions is to engage in an experimental and goal-free exploratory practice. We call this approach to [...]


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DESTEX project (INDUSTRIAL AND CREATIVE DESIGN IN ADVANCED TEXTILE MANUFACTURING; project reference number 2019-1-SE01-KA203-060379) is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.