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MEDIATING EMOTION THROUGH OBJECTS: THE UNDERSTANDING OF DESIGNED OBJECTS AS AN ASSISTIVE TOOL FOR DESIGNERS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF DESIGN ACTIVITY

MEDIATING EMOTION THROUGH OBJECTS: THE UNDERSTANDING OF DESIGNED OBJECTS AS AN ASSISTIVE TOOL FOR DESIGNERS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF DESIGN ACTIVITY

Year: 2016

Section: Emotions

Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen

Author: Hana Hapiz

Series: E&PDE

Institution: Plymouth University, UK

Section: Emotions

Pages: 348-353

ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9

Abstract

This paper will explicate the relationship between everyday objects and the user, categorise the objects
based on an established system within the design discipline and develop a taxonomy to assist novice
designers. To consider the relationship between these objects, a map based on the frame of product
experience (Desmet & Hekkert, 2007) will provide a fundamental theory to support the taxonomy.
This study will explore the potential of emotion elicited by the user towards everyday objects, and
locate these emotions within the taxonomical structure to create a better understanding of the objectuser
relationship. To better understand the specific qualities of the user experience in this object-user
relationship, it is necessary to understand how designed objects trigger and mediate emotion and how
these emotions act as a critical component in how we understand designed objects. By unravelling the
object conundrum deductively, novice designers can understand the implication of existing designed
objects and improve the design of objects in the future. The taxonomy developed as part of this
research will be beneficial for the novice designers who face the uncertainties in the early stages of the
design activity.

Keywords: Emotion, everyday objects, design activity, uncertainty.

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