The Field of Design and Emotion: Concepts, Arguments, Tools, and Current Issues

Demir, Erdem
In recent years, research in the field of product design has witnessed the emergence of the field of design and emotion. Several authors have introduced different emotion related concepts borrowed from different disciplines and adopted different perspectives for the role of emotions in design. Simultaneously, design researchers have developed different tools and techniques, to illuminate the emotional side of the user-product relationship and to design for this emotional side. The resulting picture is a rich blend of different arguments and various techniques, which is getting even richer. At this point, it is beneficial for the domain to summarize those concepts, arguments, and tools in order to provide a clear discussion basis for the further studies. This paper attempts to provide this basis by pointing out the similarities and differences among the emotional phenomena that have been introduced in the field. The different objectives and arguments of the design and emotion field are identified and the tools and techniques are discussed regarding their help in attaining these objectives. Lastly, current issues in the area that may provide the field with a boost towards achieving its objectives are briefly summarized and discussed.


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E. Demir, “The Field of Design and Emotion: Concepts, Arguments, Tools, and Current Issues,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 135–152, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: