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

Chamorro-Koc, Marianella, Popovic, Vesna, Blackler, Alethea L., & Kraal, Ben J. (2011) Using visuals to explore the contextual aspects of user-product interactions. In Roozenburg, Norbert, Chen, Lin-Lin, & Jan Stappers, Pieter (Eds.) Proceedings of IASDR2011, the 4th World Conference on Design Research, Delft University of Technology, Delft.

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Abstract

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 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.

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ID Code: 47029
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Visual representation of concepts, Context of use, User product interaction
ISBN: 9789461907189
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Industrial Design (120305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2011 08:27
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 10:32

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