Product and Space Analysis Using the Product Perception Method

Product and Space Analysis Using the Product Perception Method

Mario Osmar Moreno (Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico) and Juan Luis Hernández Arellano (Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5234-5.ch005

Abstract

In this chapter, the data collection is presented, where the base is the study of a group of elderly people in eight nursery houses and two hospitals in Bogota, Colombia. The objective of this research is to look through industrial design and the analysis of existing products, in which way the designer could offer an improvement to the products and with that how to increase the life expectancy. The user perception method is applied, therefore, and the interview was performed as a sequence of questions, where the perception of an elder of existing personal hygiene products is analyzed through a collection of data. The necessity of designing an ergonomic chair that allows performing activities of personal hygiene in the shower was identified, and the requirements for the designing of the product were identified. Finally, the designer will dedicate to find products that best fit their daily needs.
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Objective

To understand how furniture used for personal hygiene stimulates experiences on elderly people, regarding safety, need and appearance. In other words, to understand what the user thinks and perceives during their stay in the space and the interaction with the furniture characteristics.

Importance of the Project Development

The study is relevant due to the obtaining of veridic data related with the perception of the user regarding the product and with the interpretation what is liked in the market and not, finding different virtues and deficiencies. The interaction is a fundamental part to understand how the user interacts with the object.

Necessary information for the development of the project was collected, therefore, it was necessary to know that perception is a cognitive process of interpretation and process of the information. The cognitive system uses a series of resources simultaneously and depends on the complexity of the task, the learning level, or previous experience. The subject could use the product with efficiency. However, an excess of the mental load will occur causing deficiencies in the execution and perception of the product (Cañas & Waern, 2001). Several interview protocols were performed to achieve the goal of identifying the perception of the user and to determine the interphase product-user. Necessary techniques for the data collection, as role games, questionnaires, interview, etc., were applied.

The study considered two data collection methods: questionnaires and observation (taking into consideration descriptive, interpretative and inferential codes) which could be used by anyone who works in the same research topic (Fernández Núñez, 2006).

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