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The phenomenology of getting used to the new: Some thoughts on memory, perception, numbing and the Zen-view

Hohl, Michael (2010) The phenomenology of getting used to the new: Some thoughts on memory, perception, numbing and the Zen-view. In: Design and semantics of form and movement. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, pp. 39-47. ISBN 978-3-906413-80-8

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        In this text I set out to reflect on the relationship between human perception and the usability of some designed artefacts. Beginning with own observations the text looks at the relationship between two phenomena: The ease with which we perceptually desensitise to conditions of our environment such as designed artefacts, and secondly, the designerly dilemma of innovative artefacts, that create an undeserved sense of trust that may result in unintended effects. It shows how these two phenomena are intrinsically linked to what the neuro-sciences describe as learning. Subsequently the text will look at several strategies that aim at preventing this type of adaptation. The text concludes with an example of a semantic designerly mapping that sustains the experience of initial surprise and prevents the effect of numbing. The paper argues that designers could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics of human perception in order to inform design research methods and design education to consider these perceptual processes. The primary goal of this text is to create a debate around these phenomena and show their relevance to design problems.

        Item Type: Book Chapter
        Additional Information: Proceedings of the DeSForM 2010 conference, 3-5 November 2010, Lucerne, Switzerland
        Uncontrolled Keywords: Phenomenology, Perception, user experience, calm technology, interaction design, design semantics
        Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
        Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
        Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture > Creative Interdisciplinary Research Centre
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        Depositing User: Michael Hohl
        Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 13:21
        Last Modified: 15 Nov 2010 13:21


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