Designing pleasurable products, interfaces, systems and services constitutes an effective aim of industrial companies for fulfilling their customer needs and obtaining new markets. Paradoxically, the rationalization of the means and resources for design and manufacture leads to a relative standardization of products, and a renewal of the immaterial values (emotional and symbolic expectations) can be observed, linked to the product. Designing products for even more demanding and fickle users becomes an important challenge for the industrial companies: the feelings aroused by the appearance of products, by their functions and by the interactions induced by the products’ use are the linchpin of their success but are difficult to predict.
Research works on designing pleasurable products and interfaces focus on original and creative ways to design for emotion and pleasure, and promote the design research which emphases on learning by doing. This special issue seeks papers with specific approaches regarding the engineering, integration, mastering and management of emotional, aesthetic, environmental and technological values and assets in the preliminary stages of the product development processes, especially in the design of pleasurable products, focusing on technological and human-world interaction.
Contributions may be based on theoretical as well as practical approaches dedicated to management of the perceived quality of the products, interfaces, systems and services.
Papers that address, but are not limited, to the following topics are welcome:
- New theory and approach for product and system design
- Industrial design
- Emotion engineering
- Aesthetic design
- Sustainable engineering
- Integrated design
- Design for X: emotion, aesthetic, environment, etc.
- Requirement and value engineering
- Product synthesis
- Perceived quality
- User interface design
- User-centric engineering
- Human-machine interaction
- Technology assessment and management
- Innovative technology integration
Full papers due for review: 1 February, 2011
Notification of acceptance to authors: 1 May, 2011
Revised manuscript submission: 1 July, 2011
Final decision: 1 September, 2011
Final manuscript: 1 October, 2011