Evaluating the impact of design affordances in preschool children's toy preferences

E. Balzan, P. Farrugia, O. Casha, A. Wodehouse

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Abstract

The role of toys in early childhood intervention is crucial for children to acquire and improve their skills. A study with preschool children has been carried out in order to establish, from a product design perspective, how toys' innate characteristics trigger toy preferences. It was found that children's preference is presided by the play value that is perceived. By exploiting hedonic and pragmatic qualities, designers can embed persuasive qualities in toys. A framework for toy design is proposed as a model for a computer-aided support tool that helps toy designers reach their design goal.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Place of PublicationCroatia
Pages2165-2176
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2018
Event15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018

Conference

Conference15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period21/05/1824/05/18

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Affordances
Product design
Tool Support
Product Design
Trigger
Design
Children
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Keywords

  • design cognition
  • design support system
  • product persuasiveness
  • user centred design

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Balzan, E., Farrugia, P., Casha, O., & Wodehouse, A. (2018). Evaluating the impact of design affordances in preschool children's toy preferences. In Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference (pp. 2165-2176). Croatia. https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0155
Balzan, E. ; Farrugia, P. ; Casha, O. ; Wodehouse, A. / Evaluating the impact of design affordances in preschool children's toy preferences. Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Croatia, 2018. pp. 2165-2176
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Balzan E, Farrugia P, Casha O, Wodehouse A. Evaluating the impact of design affordances in preschool children's toy preferences. In Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Croatia. 2018. p. 2165-2176 https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0155