The role of user models in product design for assessment of user needs

This paper elucidates the role of user models in the household product design process for the assessment of user needs. Based on field work which investigated the characteristics and qualities of user models employed by design practitioners working in England and Wales in 1991, it presents the benefits and limitations of a range of user models which are most relevant for design practitioners.


A Proposed information systems framework for effective delivery of user research findings
Töre Yargın, Gülşen (2011-06-25)
Integration of user research findings into product design process is a well-received issue. There is a tremendous research on how to conduct user research and methodologies for generating user data. However delivering that information effectively is as important as the quality of data generated through user research, since if it is not delivered effectively the impact that is demanded by the product developers would not be achieved. Therefore the requirements for the deliverables should be conceptualized be...
The relationship between socio economic factors and use context in product usability
Karapars, Zeynep; Erbuğ, Çiğdem; Department of Industrial Design (2004)
Developments in the usability discipline have lead to new paths in new product development processes. The methods for development of usable products are abundant and the area is crescent for new research. One of the concerns in usability lies in the question of employment of user centered design in the prevailing product development processes. In this study, it is aimed to be clarified that inquiry into the use context should be an initial step in user centered design. However, use context is one of the les...
Improving Building Performance of Higher Education Buildings, Involvement of End Users
Gooding, Luke; Erdogan, Bilge; Gürsel Dino, İpek (2019-04-20)
The importance of end user participation within the development of a design for building improvement is accepted and recognised. It is nonetheless a significant challenge to select the best approach for the engagement of users to produce effective design process contribution. This paper assesses the suitability of early stage qualitative end user engagement in enabling the design process. In particular, the paper reports on the case application of this early stage approach to make design decisions, in t...
The influence of digital technologies on the interaction of design and manufacturing processes
Çıngı, Güney; Ünay, Ali İhsan; Department of Architecture (2006)
This study aims to analyze and evaluate the influence of digital technologies on the inter-action of design and manufacturing processes by representing an outlook of digital tech-nologies through developments in modeling capabilities, manufacturing techniques, mate-rial science, and design strategies. The digital era reached by the technological developments in different fields of sci-ence influenced the field of architecture, just like the others. Thus, a new kind of spa-tial and tectonic quality in archit...
A green touch for the future of distance education
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This paper aims to draw attention to the sustainability of distance learning in terms of the design process based on learner characteristics and technology usage. Distance learning has become a cyberized system owing its presence to developments in digital technologies. Technological developments solve some immediate problems but also have the risk of leading to even greater ones. To 'sustain' is not only about keeping up, supporting or maintaining continuity but also is about nourishing, cultivation and ac...
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G. F. Hasdoğan, “The role of user models in product design for assessment of user needs,” Design Studies, pp. 19–33, 1996, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: