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Exploring a human-centred design of possessions

Exploring a human-centred design of possessions

Year: 2016

Section: Design, Emotion and Philosophy

Editor: Boks, Casper; Sigurjonsson, Johannes; Steinert, Martin; Vis, Carlijn; Wulvik, Andreas

Author: Baxter, Weston Lyle; Yang, Xi; Aurisicchio, Marco; Childs, Peter RN

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Section: Design, Emotion and Philosophy

Pages: 053-062

ISBN: 978-1-904670-80-3

Abstract

Understanding the idea of possession is essential for creating successful products and services, particularly in digital and access contexts. This paper examines current shortcomings in conceptualising ownership and possessions before presenting a framework for the process of developing user possession. The framework is grounded in psychological ownership theory and informed by interviews with thirteen participants. The theory considers ownership as a mental state in which users feel the object is theirs. The interviews explored this mental state under three contexts: traditional material possession, digital possession, and access-based possession. This work helps inform the meaning of possessions, and can aid designers and policy makers in how to approach the notion of designing possessions from a human-centered viewpoint.

Keywords: Possession, ownership, user-object relationship, psychological ownership

ds conferenceNEW DATE: NordDesign 2016, 10th - 12th August 2016, Trondheim, Norway.

NEW DATE: NordDesign 2016, 10th - 12th August 2016, Trondheim, Norway.Welcome to NordDesign 2016. We are pleased to announce that NordDesign 2016 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Trondheim on 10th-12th August 2016. The conference will take place at NTNU and is organised by the Department of Product Development and Materials in collaboration with the Department of Product Design. We are calling for evidence based academic work on topical issues on design, development and innovation that strengthens both our theoretical understanding and the connection between...

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