Originally from Birmingham, Alan graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA degree in Industrial Design and continued for a further year, again at Sheffield Hallam University, to study a postgraduate MA in Research in Art and Design. Here he cultivated his interest in design, emotion and memory, which still informs his research.
Alan also has an art and design education background and worked at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, for over two years where he was the course leader for the Product and Interface Design undergraduate course.
Course Leader in Product and Interface Design – Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India
Head of 3D Design – Yorkshire Coast College, Scarborough, UK
Teaching Assistant – Loughborough Design School, Loughborough, UK
Lecturer in Product Design – Solent University, Southampton, UK.
Alan is currently undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University with a key interest in product design, materials and emotions. The aim of his research is to identify the aesthetic and functional changes within materials and how these impact on user product attachment and affective responses within the context of electronic devices.
The research aims to investigate how changes in perception of differing characteristics of certain materials can encourage or discourage product attachment and increase or decrease product ownership habits.
Other interests include material experience, circular economy, material ageing, product lifetime extension, design and emotion, and emotionally durable design.
Cosmetic Wear and Affective Responses in Digital Products: Towards an understanding of what types of cosmetic wear cause what types of attitudinal responses from smartphone users. Manley, A.H.G. (Presented), Lilley, D., Hurn, K. PLATE conference. Nottingham, UK. June, 2014.
Wear and Affect: Cosmetic Obsolescence of Plastics in Digital Products. Manley, A.H.G. (Presented), Lilley, D., Hurn, K. Provocative Plastics conference. University Arts Bournemouth, UK. September, 2015.
Carbon Footprinting for Design Education. Lofthouse, V. (Presented), Manley, A. H. G., Shayler, M. LearnXDesign, Chicago, USA. June, 2015.
Worn In or Worn Out: Cosmetic Wear and Attitudinal Responses to Materials. Manley, A.H.G. (presented), Lilley, D., Bridgens, B., Hurn, K., Lofthouse, V. “Things Fall Apart: Unpacking the Temporalities of Impermanence” Workshop during NordiCHI 2016. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. October, 2016.