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Dynamics and diversity in use: implications for aesthetics and usability

Dynamics and diversity in use: implications for aesthetics and usability

Year: 2010

Section: USER-CENTRED AND INTERACTION DESIGN

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: van der Bijl-Brouwer, Mieke; Eggink, Wouter

Section: USER-CENTRED AND INTERACTION DESIGN

Pages: 230-235

Abstract

The ease of use or usability of a product depends not only on product characteristics, but on the user
characteristics and environment in which a product is used as well. Products that are used in varying
use situations therefore have to meet varying usability demands. In our research on dynamics and
diversity in use we study the means by which designers deal with these demands. In the course humanproduct
relations of the bachelor Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) of the University of Twente,
students learn to view and explore the relations between humans and products. These relations can
consider aesthetics value, influence of behaviour and usability. When considering the dynamics or
diversity of situations in which a product is used this does not only have implications for usability, it
influences aesthetic relations as well. Our research on dynamic usability therefore allows for
exploration with regard to implications for aesthetic demands. In the course these topics were brought
together in a half-day multidisciplinary workshop. The topics were explored by means of theory and
exercises. This paper gives an overview of this theory and is illustrated by exercises executed during
the workshop and results of the design assignment (street furniture) in which students had to apply the
theory. The collaboration in education between researchers in the fields of usability and aesthetics
resulted in both interesting design education and inspiration for future research.

Keywords: Usability, aesthetics, design methods, multi-disciplinary design

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