Addressing Experience in Design Research: The case of young children as users of medical products

DS 71: Proceedings of NordDesign 2012, the 9th NordDesign conference, Aarlborg University, Denmark. 22-24.08.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, Professor John Rasmussen, Assoc. Prof. Kaj A. Jřrgensen, Assoc. Prof. Christian Tollestrup
Author: Høiseth, Marikken
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Aalborg University, Denmark; 2: Design Society, United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-87-91831-51-5


The focus on people’s experiences with products is gaining increased attention in the design research community. Currently, research and discussions on user experience revolve mainly around everyday consumer products. However, there is a need for more knowledge about people’s experiences with products that they are compelled to use for medical reasons. This paper draws attention to people’s experiences with medical products from a design research perspective. It analyses experience components and concepts and relates them to the case of young children as users of medical products. The goal of the paper is to analyse and assess the suitability of these concepts for that type of products and suggest categories that support an experience-based approach when designing for young children as users of medical products.

Keywords: Experience, Experience design, Design of medical products, Children


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