Product Personality: From Analysing to Applying

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Shahab Pourtalebi, Kazem Pouralvar
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Section: Design Methods - Theory and Methodology
Page(s): 127-132
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


Nowadays products are expected to undertake their functions properly and the competition for satisfying consumer is in the field of product attachments and emotional characteristics. Products have a symbolic meaning in addition to their utilitarian benefits. This symbolic meaning that refers to physical product and is described with human personality characteristics is called "product personality". Consumers make a psychological comparison between their self-concept and the image of a product and the result of this comparison can positively influence product evaluation.
The main mission of a designer is a problem solving one and designing a product appearance is a problem solving process as well. Students during the industrial design studios learn how to utilize design techniques in product's functional problem solving, but the emotional design aspects and techniques are usually neglected. Therefore, students should learn how personal characteristics in objects' form can be recognized and how they can apply personality in product's appearance.
This paper introduces the method of "product personality" design as a problem solving process. This pedagogical process of "product personality" has been developed to help industrial design students to improve their abilities to understand form's capabilities and utilize them in designing products' appearance. After learning and practicing this process, students are able to express roles of a product's visual elements performing in product personality. Furthermore they can translate these performances into rules and finally employ rules as solutions in product personality design as problem. The process includes three main phases of analysing, translating and applying.

Keywords: Product personality, aesthetics, pedagogical design process, product appearance responsibilities, user-product attachment


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