Extending Product Affordances to User Manuals

Nenad Pavel, Emilene Zitkus

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to provide general guidelines on methods for designing user manuals. The goal is to illustrate the dependencies between product affordances, semantics, and user instruction. The study incorporates task-based reflective interviews with product design professionals who were charged with redesigning a manual for a product. The article emphasizes the application of a pedagogical instructional design (PID) approach to user manuals in which users aim to construct the meanings of a product and incorporate these into living practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 88
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsArild Berg, Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Tore Gulden, Ahmed Kovacevic, Nenad Pavel
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages198-204
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670841
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 19
http://epde.info/epde2017/ (Link to Conference Website)

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleEPDE 2017
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period7/09/178/09/17
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    Pavel, N., & Zitkus, E. (2017). Extending Product Affordances to User Manuals. In A. Berg, E. Bohemia, L. Buck, T. Gulden, A. Kovacevic, & N. Pavel (Eds.), DS 88: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (pp. 198-204). The Design Society.