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18 August 2008
A paper by Nathan Crilly, James Moultrie and John Clarkson from the Department's Engineering Design Centre (EDC) is officially the most downloaded paper from the journal Design Studies' website over the last seven years. This achievement is particularly impressive as other articles in the rankings were published much earlier than the 2004 paper.
"Seeing things: consumer response to the visual domain in product design" discusses the ways in which product design can influence consumers.
Despite a wide variety of literature on this subject, there lacked a coherent and comprehensive review of research in the field. The three authors highlighted three particular concerns:
The paper outlines the various factors which influence how and why we respond to visual product design. This process is defined as
"communication through design" and encompasses the following:
The paper raises implications for further research, suggesting that it would be useful to assess whether designers are conscious of the theoretical concepts outlined above and what processes and checks are used to ensure that the visual objectives in the design have been met. The authors have recently completed a follow-up article that addresses these research questions.
The article "Seeing things: consumer response to the visual domain in product design" can be found by using the search facility on www.sciencedirect.com
For more information on the team's research, see the EDC website: http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/
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