Meaning and interpretation: An analysis of two theoretical perspectives in product design
Paper i proceeding, 2008

Experiences gain increasing attention in design research, but theories are inconsistent, and the foundations of different methods are rarely discussed. Design research has sui generis no fixed epistemology, and is open to methodological eclecticism. However, as paradigms successively change from positivistic towards more comprehensive views, discussions on how underlying theoretical assumptions influence approaches are needed. This paper examines and compares axiological, epistemological and methodological aspects of two perspectives: Kansei engineering, and a postmodernist framework. Both frameworks aim to match designers' conceptions of product symbolism etc. to those of the user group, but they evolve from different theoretical starting points. Analyzing the contents of underlying theories and their influence on methods and expected results is an important part of theory development that may also support designers in making methodological choices.

Negotiating meaning

Design methods

Design epistemology


Martina Keitsch

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)

Viktor Hjort af Ornäs

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

6th Conference on Design and Emotion 2008; Hong Kong; Hong Kong; 6 October 2008 through 9 October 2008

978-988174892-8 (ISBN)


Annan teknik



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