The user experience of a product is recognized as having an increasing importance in particular in consumer products. Current approaches to designing user experiences are not easily translated to languages that a computer can understand. This paper examines a particular aspect of user experience, namely perception of the aesthetics of a product, to formalize this to rules, which are embedded into a tool to generate design. Investigating the perception of consumers is key to designing for their aesthetic preferences. Previous research has shown that consumers and designers often perceive the same products differently. This paper aims to embed rules on perception into a tool to support designers during design synthesis. Aesthetic design rules connecting perceptions with aesthetic features were integrated into a set grammar and a parametric modeling tool, and applied to the particular case of vases. The generated tool targeted the creation of vases with the perception of beautiful, elegant, and exciting. Results show that it is possible to generate beautiful, elegant, and exciting vases following the three aesthetic design rules, i.e., tall, simple, and curvy. The main contribution of this paper is the method used to incorporate information on perception into the set grammar and the parametric model. The tool is additionally proposed for supporting designers during design synthesis of shapes. The results are valid for vases but the method can be applied to other perceptions and product categories.
Implementation of Design Rules for Perception Into a Tool for Three-Dimensional Shape Generation Using a Shape Grammar and a Parametric Model
Contributed by the Design Theory and Methodology Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received January 31, 2017; final manuscript received October 9, 2017; published online October 8, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Katja Holtta-Otto.
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Mata, M. P., Ahmed-Kristensen, S., and Shea, K. (October 8, 2018). "Implementation of Design Rules for Perception Into a Tool for Three-Dimensional Shape Generation Using a Shape Grammar and a Parametric Model." ASME. J. Mech. Des. January 2019; 141(1): 011101. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4040169
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