The database of motion constructed by focusing on mimetic words—For designing a creative and emotional motion

DS 75-7: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.7: Human Behaviour in Design, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Koguchi, Yohei; Yamada, Kaori; Taura, Toshiharu
Series: ICED
Institution: Kobe University, Japan
Page(s): 199-206
ISBN: 978-1-904670-50-6
ISSN:  2220-4334


We have been developing a method to design a creative and emotional ‘motion’ that may resonate with deep feelings that are difficult to describe verbally. In our previous study, we proposed a method to design a ‘motion’ by blending ‘base motions’ from a database wherein motions were related to corresponding ‘mimetic words’. Mimetic words may express motion and phenomena that are difficult to describe verbally. In this study, we attempt to investigate how people perceive the impressions of base motions using mimetic words; further, we attempt to validate the use of mimetic words. Experiment 1 was conducted to examine generalities in the process of relating mimetic words to base motions. Experiment 2 was conducted to examine generalities for evaluating the appropriateness of expressing each base motion by using related mimetic words. Results indicated that there is a tendency for subjects to perceive impressions from mimetic words while viewing base motions.

Keywords: Creativity, emotional design, design method, motion design, mimetic word


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