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Using visuals to explore the contextual aspects of user-product interactions

By Marianella Chamorro-Koc, Vesna Popovic, Alethea L. Blackler and Ben J. Kraal


Experience underlies all kinds of human knowledge and it is dependent on context. People’s experience within a particular context-of-use determines how they interact with products. Methods employed in this research to elicit human experience have included the use of visuals. This paper describes two empirical studies that employed visual representation of concepts as a means to explore the experiential and contextual component of user- product\ud interactions. One study employed visuals that the participants produced during the study. The other employed visuals that the researcher used as prompts during a focus group session. This paper demonstrates that using visuals in design research is valuable for exploring and understanding the contextual aspects of human experience and its influence on people’s concepts of product use

Topics: 120300 DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT, 120305 Industrial Design, Visual representation of concepts, Context of use, User product interaction
Publisher: Delft University of Technology
Year: 2011
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