Investigating the role of aesthetics for interaction design

Stavros-Konstantinos Stavrakos, Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen

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    Abstract

    Two important aspects when designing products is to focus on comfort and to define the aesthetic and emotional value of the product. The main purpose of this research is to answer the question of how attractiveness perceived through the sensory inputs affects the assessment of comfort as well as to explore associations between comfort and product descriptors. The findings of this research are expected to assist designers in developing successful new products by focusing more on softer factors. A study of twenty three respondents assessing comfort in three phases found that comfort scores increase when the levels of attractiveness increase and vice versa. The findings further indicate that there are strong, significant correlations between scores of comfort and product adjectives commonly used to describe product attributes such as size, weight and surface material. Hence, there is an emotional dimension of comfort which is initiated by the visual input during a human – product interaction and is affected by the attractiveness towards the product. In their endeavor to develop successful and comfortable products designers should focus more on attractiveness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13) : Design For Harmonies
    Volume7
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2013
    Pages557-566
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-50-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design - Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 19 Aug 201323 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 19
    http://www.iced13.org/

    Conference

    Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design
    Number19
    LocationSungkyunkwan University
    CountryKorea, Republic of
    CitySeoul
    Period19/08/201323/08/2013
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