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  • Study on cultural differences of usersʼ perception towards shape characteristics [Elektronski vir]
    Lu, Weihua ; Čok, Vanja ; Zhu, Rupeng
    In the recent marketplace; itʼs necessary but no longer sufficient to offer a good functioning product. The emotional quality of products plays an important role for differential advantage. ... Particularly; globalized markets mean more intense competition than ever before. Understanding the usersʼ real emotional needs in different cultures is becoming a key strategy for the adaptation of products in overseas market. This proposed study elicits insights on cultural differences between European and Asian values and investigates how these affect userʼs reaction to designed products. Two experimental studies of productsʼ emotional quality are carried out on European and Asian participants via Semantic Differential Method: one case is conducted with the shape contours (pellet burners) represented by Europeans and South Asians (Indian) respectively for the investigation of their shape preferences; another case is organized with prototype model defined with geometrical design attributes (eyeglasses frames) represented by Europeans and East Asians (Chinese) respectively in order to reveal the structure of shape meaning comprehension. After conducting statistical analysis; the result of this study helps to improve user satisfaction both within national and overseas markets. Itʼs useful for designers to identify and emphasize these shape features of new products which will stimulate the positive responses to required user preferences.
    Type of material - conference contribution
    Publish date - 2014
    Language - english
    COBISS.SI-ID - 13853211