Challenge 8

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Desmet and Paul Hekkert’s article “Framework for Product Experience” defines
product experience as the affective experience involved in human-product
interaction, and identifies three types of product experience that are the
pillars of the framework: aesthetic pleasure, attribution of meaning, and
emotional experience. Throughout this class, we have been regularly applying
this framework in our conception and execution of our design-related
challenges. Our very first Challenge0 engaged with “wearable storytelling;” this
challenge demonstrates users’ intimate relationship with products they perceive
as representative of themselves that are also visible to others. The
significance of this exercise drives us to think about ways to create consumer
products, such as shoes for example, that must represent both a visual and
psychological aesthetic for the user, as the product is not simply a thing with
which the consumer interacts but a vehicle that can represent to others who
they are as a person.


Desmet and Hekkert’s concepts, it appears that both internal validation and
external self-presentation are as integral to a design as the color and the timing
of the product. In my #WhatIveGots, I seem to be drawn to products that are not
only cleanly designed but also revealed a part of my personality. I describe
food products that burst with cultural meaning and flavor, clothing that expresses
a sense for the elevated and slightly whimsical, and technology that is easily
integrates with the lifestyle of the user. These #WhatIveGots definitely seem
to align with my design point of view as a whole that I have been cultivating
throughout this class. I am interested in creating products that serve both the
technical and psychological functions of the user; if I am designing an alarm
clock, not only do I want the user to wake up at the time they need to, but
also when they physically interact with the interface their affect is
positively changed. I am specifically interested in the concept of modern,
clear technological platforms as a vehicle for engendering sustained user
engagement, therefore inspiring a memorable product experience. As I go on, I
want to see how I can better leverage color and whitespace to positively
manipulate the product experience.



Desmet, P.M.A., & Heckert, P.
(2007). Framework for Product Experience. International
Journal of Design I(1).

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