Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 10, Issue 2–3, pp 144–147 | Cite as

Material light: exploring expressive materials

  • Daniel SaakesEmail author
Original Article


The control of material appearance has become richer than before, giving designers new expressive freedom. Designers need tools and techniques to handle this freedom when designing products. We present a simple but powerful technique to explore material expression in the conceptual phase of the design process. Colours and patterns are projected on foam and paper models to enable designers to quickly visualise and judge materials in context of the products shape.


Foam modelling 3D graphics Material studies Conceptual design Tangible interaction Augmented prototyping 



I would like to thank Jouke Verlinden for his feedback, Edwin Branbergen and Inge van Bruinessen who helped to build and test the prototypes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ID-StudioLab, Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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