Designing Pleasurable Products: An Introduction to the New Human Factors

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CRC Press, Aug 22, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 224 pages
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Human factors considerations are increasingly being incorporated into the product design process. Users are seen more as being important factors in the overall look and usability of products than just as passive users. We are now treated as cognitive and physical components of the person/product system. The author, who is one of the leading lights in the field of cognitive ergonomics, looks at approaches that assume that if a task can be accomplished with a reasonable degree of efficiency and within acceptable levels of comfort, then the product can be seen as fitting to the user. In this book it is argued that in practice these approaches can be dehumanizing. People are more than merely physical and cognitive processors. They have hopes, fears, dreams, values and aspirations, indeed these are the very things that make us human.
Designing Pleasurable Products looks both at and beyond usability, considering how products can appeal to use holistically, leading to products that are a joy to own.
 

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The field of human factors has traditionally been oriented towards usability, efficiency and other aspects of goal-oriented use of technical artifacts. Jordan attempts to widen the scope by ... Read full review

Contents

Pleasure with products beyond usability
1
The four pleasures
11
Creating pleasurable products
58
Methods
136
Conclusions
205
References
207
Index
211
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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of "The Catholic Worker". He and his wife Kathleen were associated with Dorothy Day from 1968 until her death in 1980. From 1984 until 2012, Jordan was an editor at "Commonweal" magazine. He is the editor of "Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal "(Liturgical Press, 2002) and, with Paul Baumann, co-edited "Commonweal Confronts the Century" (Touchstone, 1999). He serves on the advisory board of the Dorothy Day Guild.

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