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Design and Emotion Education: Introducing undergraduate students to emerging design research

Mary Maclachlan , D.K. Harrison , B Wood

This paper investigates the construct of product experience and attachment, with the view to how the research literature, and supporting design strategies, can be introduced to design students at an undergraduate level. The paper proposes that exposing students to the relevance and application of emerging design research in this area, will encourage them to design more sustainable and more emotionally engaging human centered design solutions. Furthermore, it will prepare them for the challenges, which they may face as practicing designers. Issues such as personality, memories, pleasure, longevity and sensory design are explored via three student projects: an investigative study relating to product attachment; a workshop to explore products with personality, and; finally a design challenge to consider interaction and touch.


Product attachment, personality, experience, narrative, Pleasure