Searching for the 'sweet-spot': Demonstrating the contribution of shape analysis tools in stimuli creation

Ranscombe, C, Kinsella, P and Blijlevens, J 2015, 'Searching for the 'sweet-spot': Demonstrating the contribution of shape analysis tools in stimuli creation', Procedia Manufacturing, vol. 3, no. 2015, pp. 2134-2141.


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Title Searching for the 'sweet-spot': Demonstrating the contribution of shape analysis tools in stimuli creation
Author(s) Ranscombe, C
Kinsella, P
Blijlevens, J
Year 2015
Journal name Procedia Manufacturing
Volume number 3
Issue number 2015
Start page 2134
End page 2141
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Within design research several well-known principles have been identified that influence aesthetic pleasure for product designs. More specifically, these design principles indicate an optimal balance on a certain design attribute that receives the highest aesthetic pleasure (e.g., Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable). While these go far in explaining the effects of design on appraisal, the nature of the stimuli used in these studies makes it difficult to identify exactly where this optimal balance lies and thus does not inform a designer on how to adjust a given attribute to create an aesthetically pleasing product design. In this study, we conduct a meta analysis on one such study exploring the design principle Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable and demonstrate the application of shape comparison tools in relating the sweet-spot in terms of changes in product shape. Results from the application show the way in which quantifying difference in shape can help to identify aspects of shape where minor changes result in substantial increases/decreases in aesthetic pleasure, as well as its use in relating a value of difference to optimum values of aesthetic pleasure.
Subject Industrial Design
Consumer-Oriented Product or Service Development
Keyword(s) Product aesthetics
Measures for appearance
Design stimuli
Aesthetic pleasure
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.352
Copyright notice © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V
ISSN 2351-9789
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