Affective design attempts to incorporate a user’s feelings and emotions (particularly, but not only, their positive feelings) towards a product or system into the design process. Affective design is an extension of Patrick W. Jordan’s work on designing pleasurable products.
Jordan defined three levels of design for “pleasure”. At the first level the emphasis was on design for functionality. At the second level the emphasis was on design for usability; in particular, products that were designed to be easy and efficient to use. The third level involves designing products that embody aspirational qualities; specifically products that produce positive emotional experiences.
In this special issue we invite research, review and conceptual papers which inform the evaluation and promotion of applied research related to the design of pleasurable products, as well as discussion of affect in relation to both human factors design and to the design of ergonomic quality.
This call extends to identification of related concepts besides emotional, affective and pleasurable design which may contribute to improving existing approaches to designing human factors and ergonomic quality into consumer products. Hence the call is extended to affective design that takes into account environmental sustainability, and may consider, but is not necessarily restricted to, “green ergonomics”.
Original contributions, including conceptual, empirical and case studies, as well as technical reports and reviews addressing and/or relating to any of the subject coverage areas, are welcome from authors.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Affective user experience
- Affective sustainable design
- Design of human factors quality
- Designing ergonomics quality
- Emotional product design
- Pleasure with products
- Product personalities
Manuscript submission: 15 October, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 1 January, 2012
Final submission: 15 March, 2012