Interaction of men with product shapes

23 Nov 2005 - 9:40am
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MEDEIROS Wellin...
2005

Dear all

Few weeks ago I did the following request: 'I was wondering if someone is working with the emotional/affective interaction of men specifically with artefacts/products. Any reference on empirical (or theoretical) research/method regarding this subject is warmly welcome. I will summarise the replies and e-mail back to the list.'

I thank you those who have replied. Below I summarise the hints.

Ian Coxon suggested as a starting point to visit the Engage website http://www.engage-design.org/
Where it was published the paper 'Designing for emotion: Report of the state of the art' covering
the current tools and thinking in designing for emotion.
Ian also mentioned his PhD research 'currently titled 'Designing (researching) lived
experience' which has explored ways to understand lived experience for design
purposes and includes affective aspects of the experience'.

Nasir Barday suggests a look on the story on male psychology and urinals that came up on world usability day:
http://worldusabilityday.org/node/244

Adrian Chan recommends the film 'Kitchen Stories about a fictitious
Swedish appliance research institute. They send these ethnographers out to
"observe" men in their kitchens (50's time period)'.
http://imdb.com/title/tt0323872/?fr=c2l0ZT1kZnx0dD0xfGZiPXV8cG49MHxrdz0xfHE9
a2l0Y2hlbiBzdG9yaWVzfGZ0PTF8bXg9MjB8bG09NTAwfGNvPTF8aHRtbD0xfG5tPTE_;fc=1;ft
=22

Vinicius Kaster says that 'this is not specifically his line, but such relations make him
interested on how they could be configured as emotional/meaning
functions'.

Wellington Gomes de Medeiros
PhD candidate
Staffordshire University
Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
K25, Flaxman Building, College Road
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST4 2DE
United Kingdom
++44 01782 294555
w.g.medeiros at staffs.ac.uk
wg.medeiros at uol.com.br

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