People are Doing it for Themselves

David Weightman, Deana McDonagh

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Abstract

To date, the objective of creating pleasurable products has concentrated on designers articulating and interpreting user needs as part of the product creation process. This paper explores approaches to enable users to adapt, modify, specify or create products to match their needs directly. Using the potential of new technologies, active consumers can now become product creators, paralleling developments in graphics, music and digital media production. Empowered users, self-builders, recreational manufacturers, web-connected silver surfers (retired individuals using the web) and punk manufacturers all exemplify this new relationship between users and products, and the evolving role of designers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, dppi
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages34-39
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1581136528, 9781581136524
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
EventProceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, dppi - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2003Jun 26 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces

Other

OtherProceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, dppi
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period6/23/036/26/03

Keywords

  • Customisation
  • Democratisation of design
  • Supra-functional needs
  • User participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Weightman, D., & McDonagh, D. (2003). People are Doing it for Themselves. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, dppi (pp. 34-39). (Proceedings of the International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/782896.782905