Embedding perception: how changes in manufacturing approach influence interaction-design preferences

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In conventional manufacturing settings, the integration of knowledge pertaining to aspects of perception, human-factors or user experience can be limited (Agost & Vergara, 2014). Culturally, there is a general split between the practises of designers and those of machine technicians who in many cases will implement the vision of a product designer through machining and assembly. This split is characterised by a lack of integration between the two distinct fields of knowledge. On the one hand, user-experience and human-factors knowledge drawn from work in design interaction (see Jordan, 2000; Moggridge, 2007), design semantics (Krippendorff, 2006) and design emotion (Desmet, 2012) to name a few. On the other is the technical knowledge of manufacturing protocol drawn from work in mechanical engineering studies and indeed experience of process use by skilled workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1615-1624
Number of pages10
JournalProcedings of the Design Society
Early online date19 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2023
Event24th International Conference on Engineering Design: Design in a Complex World - University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Duration: 24 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Conference number: 23


  • perception
  • manufacturing
  • interaction
  • design preferences
  • human factors
  • designers
  • machine technicians
  • mechanical engineering
  • skilled workers


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