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Exploring Experience Design by Ezra Schwartz

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Touch and texture

Individuals tend to have definite preferences when it comes to the sensations fabrics on their bodies: flannel or silk pajamas? Exercising in tightly-fitting stretch fabric or in loosely-fitting oversized cotton training gear? The difference between deep and light touch is one of the central parameters that define the role of tactile input in various experiences.

An overly strong squeeze, or a heavy book landing on your foot is painful. But most of the time, the sensation of deep pressure on the skin is processed in our brains as pleasant and calming. Deep tactile input can improve experience in a variety of daily situations.

Consider the case of the winter comforter. A light fluffy down-filled comforter can feel wonderfully ...

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