The emotional reactions of tactual qualities on handheld product experiences

Özcan, Nergis
This is an attempt to analyze the evaluation criteria of tactual qualities on handheld product experiences by users. The study was conducted with the users selected from different work groups and different ages for exploring the meanings which are attributed to these tactual qualities by them. The thesis is expected to shed a light in the design studies by designers. After identifying the products and the participants, the tactual experiences were analyzed throughout the study to find out the keywords which are used to describe the tactual qualities through the experience. The evaluation criteria and the relationships between these criteria are expected to use as guidance. The guidance of these keywords, the approaches of the users to the tactual qualities tried to be clarified in order to acquire data for the design processes. The results showed that the tactual qualities are qualities which are mentioned by the participants. This means that the participants are aware of the tactual qualities. On the other hand, it was seen that expressing the emotional effects of the tactual qualities with words is hard for users. However, expressing the emotional effects is hard for users; some relations between the tactual qualities and between other qualities are conducted.


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Citation Formats
N. Özcan, “The emotional reactions of tactual qualities on handheld product experiences,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.