Study on Personal Characteristics and Affordance Perception: Another Case Study

DS 58-6: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 6, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 2), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Kim, Yong Se; Lee, Seongil; Park, Jeong Joo; Kim, Min Kyoung; Kim, Mee
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 325-336

Abstract

Affordances could be regarded as an underlying value aspect for human-centered product, space, and service design. User activities in performing tasks are influenced by the way the user perceives the related surrounding context and environment and determined with user judgment preferences. Physical environment structures afford user activities when these are perceived. Thus, this paper addresses how user activities and perceived affordances are different reflecting personal creativity modes, which are determined by factual-intuitive perception inclination and subjective-objective decision preferences as well as introverted-extroverted nature. To design-in various affordance features for diverse users in varying contexts, understanding on relations between user personal characteristics and affordance perception would be helpful. We conducted a case study in a public space used by many general people. User activities and behaviors were analyzed in several specific tasks in the lobby and the entrance area of a building. User activities can be classified into several different groups for each task based on affordance features involved in their activities.

Keywords: Personal Characteristics, Affordance Perception, Personal Creativity Modes, User Activity Analysis

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