Tag Aesthetics

Impacts of Geometrical Manufacturing Quality on the Visual Product Experience

Attaining small unit-to-unit variation can be associated with increased costs or dramatic product changes. This paper aims to support the trade-offs required when assessing the importance of having an ideal manufacturing quality in relation to other values embedded in a specific industrial design concept and in relation to increased product cost.

Geometrical variation, stemming from the manufacturing process, can distort the intended appearance of a product. When adapting a proposed design to manufacture, decisions need to be made on what geometrical deviations can be accepted on a final product. However, little research has been conducted to understand their actual impacts on the product experience. A study is presented, where we investigate differences between consumer assessments of photographs of products with a prominent geometrical deviation and equivalent products with good geometrical quality. The results show that for products perceived as having high industrial design emphasis, poor manufacturing quality can influence a number of quality-related assessments. However, product aesthetics was not influenced by geometrical deviations, indicating that product aesthetics is primarily judged based on what is interpreted as the intended design. The interpretation of producer intent is demonstrated as a key factor determining consequences of geometrical deviations. Further, it is suggested that the visual experiences of products with poor geometrical quality can be negatively affected without full consumer awareness.

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Making Representations Matter: Understanding Practitioner Experience in Participatory Sensemaking

This thesis intends to develop and apply a method to analyze, characterize, and compare instances of professional practice in such a way as to highlight experiential aspects such as aesthetics, narrative, improvisation, sensemaking, and ethics.

Appropriating new technologies in order to foster collaboration and participatory engagement is a focus for many fields, but there is relatively little research on the experience of practitioners who do so. The role of technology-use mediators is to help make such technologies amenable and of value to the people who interact with them and each other.

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