Critical Design in Daily Life: Lifelike Products

Cakiroglu I., Kaya Pazarbaşı Ç.

DESIGN JOURNAL, vol.22, pp.1227-1234, 2019 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1594987
  • Journal Name: DESIGN JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1227-1234
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Today, a significant number of critical design projects exist only as exhibitions even though the start point of the critical design approach is to bring provocativeness into our homes. So, how can critical design be integrated in daily life alongside the developing technology? The aim of this paper is to show that lifelike products can assist in bringing critical design into our everyday lives. In the paper, the effectiveness of user interaction was emphasized for this aim. Not just any kind of interaction, but lifelike critical design projects were discussed in order to explain how lifelike traits can contribute to the practice. Also, the importance of human and pet-like characteristics in products create emotional bond between user and product was implied. As a method, examples of critical design projects were examined in the following order; without interaction, with interaction, and lifelike.