Material perception and material identification in product design

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Dacleu Ndengue, Jessica; Juganaru-Mathieu, Mihaela; Faucheu, Jenny
Series: ICED
Institution: MINES Saint-Étienne, France
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 429-437
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


What makes designs intuitive? One essential part of it has to do with perception. The human body retrieves and processes information about its immediate surroundings at two levels: physical and perceptual. From the material engineer point of view, when a person interacts with a product, he (or she) interacts with the product and the materials simultaneously. The understanding of the perception mechanism of material’s surfaces provides leverage for the perceived quality of products. Our study focuses on the influence of the object identification context on the perception of materials, i.e. a context where the materials are embedded in an identified object or a context where the materials are presented as anonymous parts. These findings can be used in product design in that user experience can be tuned by promoting congruity between function, materials and object identity to favor understandability of the product. On the contrary user’s surprise can be promoted by favoring incongruity between these parameters.

Keywords: Requirements, Multisensory product experience, Human behaviour in design


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