Project: Love Yours is a graduate thesis project that examined the importance of emotional attachments to product longevity in the context of problems where our material culture is distant and disposable. Through research memory was identified as an influential factor in attachment formation. By incorporating the philosophical concept of imperfection as a design strategy to stimulate the process of memory building, three concept solutions were developed. The design implementation in four product prototypes proves to be successful in encouraging memories to grow within each product. As ownership continues over the years, we can anticipate memories to accumulate and build up to long lasting product attachment. Project: Love Yours proposes an alternative strategy for designers to embrace longevity for product design. With a fundamental change in our thinking, our relationship with artifacts will be profound and long lasting.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Industrial design--Psychological aspects; Environmental psychology; Imperfection; Product life cycle
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Hsiao, Wei, "Project: Love yours" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus