Evolution of the User‐Product related Research Domains

The role of Product Designer did change in the last decades.

Not only is she/he asked to consolidate functional and aesthetic requirements. Today he has to design a User Experience.

Researchers in Cognitive Psychology were the first to look at the human perception of objects.

With the arrival of personal computers, the field of Human-Computer Interaction emerged to improve the usability of graphical interfaces.

In the design domain, researchers of “Kansei Engineering” were the first to anticipate emotions, sensations, and semantics conveyed by product design.

At the beginning of the new century, “Emotional Design” emerged as a research domain. It focuses on the emotional value of products. Researchers of “Affective Engineering” investigate the sensorial experience evoked by materials and textures.

Today more and more researchers integrate the findings of these various domains under the keyword User Experience