Ergonomic gear knobs: A case study in teaching pleasure and attachment to design students

Elaine Mackie, Louise Moody

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Abstract

This paper presents a reflective case study of a student learning experience in design and ergonomics that focuses on user-centred research methods. The project involved the design of novel gear knobs by final year design students. This article discusses the range of methods taught to design students, with a particular focus on emotional design and product attachment. The case study considers how the students selected and construed these methods when exploring the brief, and the impact on their ability to apply emotional elements to their design work. The paper concludes by offering a model indicating how to link user-centred research methods, emotional design and product attachment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, 13-16 April 2015
EditorsSarah Sharples, Steven Shorrock, Patrick Waterson
PublisherCRC Press
Pages101-108
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781138028036
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2015
EventInternational Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015 - Daventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Apr 201516 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameContemporary Ergonomics
PublisherCRC Press

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDaventry
Period13/04/1516/04/15

Keywords

  • user-centred research methods
  • emotional design
  • product attachment
  • higher education
  • pedagogy
  • design students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Mackie, E., & Moody, L. (2015). Ergonomic gear knobs: A case study in teaching pleasure and attachment to design students. In S. Sharples, S. Shorrock, & P. Waterson (Eds.), Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015: Proceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, 13-16 April 2015 (pp. 101-108). (Contemporary Ergonomics). CRC Press.