References to books, projects and academic papers that inspire us


Techno-social styles

As a theoretical framework for the research we focus on ‘techno-social styles’. By doing this, we position ourselves in the triangle between social studies, style studies and technology studies, as …

Fashion, Culture and Identity (Fred Davis)

Fashion is a social object, but what does it reflect? And how? This work is an rigourous attempt to critically examine fashion with the wide ranging literature.

Fashion as Communication (Malcolm Barnard)

Fashion can be considered as a form of communication, but what does it tell us? And how? This work is an attempt to address fashion as a form of social …

Subculture: The Meaning of Style (Dick Hebdige)

This book is an attempt to subject the various British street fashion to the sort of semiotic analytical techniques propagated by Roland Barthes.

Phone Book (Martin Parr)

This book is a visual examination of the cultural peculiarities around the use of mobile phones.

Tokyo Style (Kyoichi Tsuzuki)

This series of documentary photography reveals the cluttered yet tactically personalised interior space of the residents of Tokyo.

Exactitudes (Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek)

Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, Versluis and Uyttenbroek have documented numerous identities.

Make magazine

Make magazine celebrates the right to hack any technology and aims to make this more accessible to larger audience. It is the expression of a certain techno style.

Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use (Mizuko Ito & Daisuke Okabe)

Study of emerging practices of camera phone usage in Tokyo. Investigating technosocial situations of camphone use.
Camera phones are a relatively new portable media technology that is rapidly becoming commonplace. They …

Portable Objects in Three Global Cities (Mizuko Ito et al.)

Aimed at understanding how portable devices construct and support individual’s identity and activities, mediating relationships with people, places and institutions. Focus on how portable devices mediate relationships to urban space …