Transition from Object to Activity: Product Design Knowledge Models

Popovic, Vesna (2007) Transition from Object to Activity: Product Design Knowledge Models. In IASDR07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007: Emerging Trends in Design Research, 12-15 November 2007, Hong Kong.


The traditional interactive roles of the designer, client and consumer (user) are becoming more complex. Consumers are changing from passive, to active and connected. They are sophisticated and knowledgeable regarding their demands. Consumers, designers and clients are now codesigning. This means that different knowledge is needed in order to design better and more valuable products/ interfaces and systems that will respond to contemporary demands. The design paradigm shift — from an object to activity — is emerging at different levels. This paper focuses on the activity-centred approach and identifies new product design knowledge necessary for this approach. It clarifies the emergent product design knowledge and presents descriptive models of the connections between this and existing product design knowledge. Finally, the paper outlines directions for domain-specific knowledge generation within the social framework — consisting of people, culture, context and activity — by researching various levels of human engagement.

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ID Code: 14429
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: activity, design knowledge, knowledge models
ISBN: 9889910144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Copyright Statement: No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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