Ageless Design: A Design Method of Product Longevity for Cross-Generation

Yong Gyun Ghim, Cliff Shin

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Abstract

Product longevity is a method for sustainable production and consumption in the current consumerist culture driven by planned obsolescence. While product aesthetics affect the product lifetime, existing approaches from industrial design perspectives are limited. Timeless design has been mentioned as one of the design strategies for product longevity. However, timeless design has limitations because it is largely focused on a product’s appearance and lacks consideration of varying needs for different age groups. This paper introduces ageless design as a more comprehensive method with an inclusive perspective and usability added to timeless design. Ageless design aims to address the needs of multiple generations as well as to make a product accessible and easy to use regardless of age so that a product can not only be used across generations but also endure long years of use. Subsequently, this paper examines the differing VOCs for multiple generations and builds a framework for ageless design. A representative product of ageless design is analyzed based on the framework, then the elements and the guidelines for ageless design are verified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Industrial Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Design for Inclusion, Affective and Pleasurable Design, Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, Kansei Engineering, and Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering
EditorsGiuseppe Di Bucchianico, Cliff Sungsoo Shin, Scott Shim, Shuichi Fukuda, Gianni Montagna, Cristina Carvalho
PublisherSpringer
Pages330-337
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030511937
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2020Jul 20 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1202 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period7/16/207/20/20

Keywords

  • Ageless design
  • Industrial design
  • Product longevity
  • Sustainable design
  • Timeless design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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