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Design and the Social Sciences: Making Connections

Design and the Social Sciences: Making Connections

1st Edition

Jorge Frascara
April 25, 2002

The social sciences have a distinctive contribution to make to the understanding and handling of design issues, both in product and systems design and in the design of the built environment. The role of cognitive psychology, particularly ergonomics, to the design process has traditionally been well...

Pleasure With Products: Beyond Usability

Pleasure With Products: Beyond Usability

1st Edition

William S. Green, Patrick W. Jordan
April 18, 2002

The last five years have seen a major paradigm shift in the role of human factors in product design. Previously this was seen as pertaining almost exclusively to product usability, but new recognition is being given to "pleasure-based" human factors. This emphasizes the holistic nature of the...

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