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Designing Objects in Motion

Exploring Kinaesthetic Empathy

Objects in motion as trigger of feelings

The movement of designed objects is not just something purely functional but also triggers a wide range of sensations. A curtain swaying gently in the wind can cause the onlooker to feel easy and relaxed, as if it was he or she who is floating in the air. This imagined projection caused by the perception of moving objects is called "kinesthetic empathy".

In this study, which followed on from a dissertation at the School of Design Research in London, the author investigates the esthetics of movement by documenting his own design-based learning and research process in terms of "research through design", using the experimental cooperation with puppet players as an example. He thereby creates a framework that allows designers to observe the esthetics of objects in motion as a trigger of feelings.

  • The movement of designed objects as trigger of feelings
  • Design research based on perception
  • Kinesthetic study on the design of movement

Author Information

Kensho Miyoshi, School of Design Research, London; Research Associate, DLX Design Lab, Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo

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Audience: Designer, students, cultural scientists

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