Material Food Probes:Personalized 3D Printed Flavors for Intimate Communication

Gayler, Tom and Sas, Corina and Kalnikaitė, Vaiva (2020) Material Food Probes:Personalized 3D Printed Flavors for Intimate Communication. In: DIS '20. ACM, NLD, 965–978. ISBN 9781450369749

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Interactions with food are complex, integrating rich multisensory experiences within emotionally meaningful social contexts. Yet, the opportunities to explore food as material resource for emotional communication have been less explored. We describe a two-month project with 5 couples centered on the co-design of personalized flavors for intimate communication, which were experienced through an explorative three day study involving a 3D food printer in participants’ homes. We discuss the value of our findings indicating preferences for both remembered and imagined positive flavors and their integration in focal intimacy practices to support emotional coregulation. We also discuss material food probes and their value for exploring and inspiring both design-with and design-around food.

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