Design and Product Development

Keywords Analysis of ITAA Professionals’ Design Proceedings from 1999 to 2017

  • Young-A Lee orcid logo (Auburn University)
  • Helen Sumin Koo (Konkuk University)
  • Seoha Min (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)


The purpose of this study was to explore keywords from the ITAA professionals’ design proceedings over the period of 1999 to 2017. The ITAA Proceedings from 1999 to 2017 were used as the primary data source of this study. Six-overarching themes with 20 sub-themes were derived: (a) Inspirational References; (b) Textiles; (c) Technology; (d) Apparel Design; (e) Sustainable Practices; and (f) Non-Apparel. The keywords analysis showed the continuous use of keywords related to themes of Inspirational Influences and Apparel Design. The results also indicated the continuous increase of Sustainable Practices compared with other main themes since 2009. Numerous ITAA design proceedings were found in which keywords were not provided or did not capture broader scope of their designs, which may hinder the dissemination of their work. The study further suggests design scholars need to include keywords that best capture their design scopes when preparing their design abstracts.

Keywords: design scholarship, ITAA design proceedings, retrievabiilty, content analysis

How to Cite:

Lee, Y. & Koo, H. S. & Min, S., (2019) “Keywords Analysis of ITAA Professionals’ Design Proceedings from 1999 to 2017”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019