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The Design of Home Appliances for Young and Old Consumers : de Nederlandse Monumenten Van Geschiedenis en Kunst. de Prov - Adinda Freudenthal

The Design of Home Appliances for Young and Old Consumers

de Nederlandse Monumenten Van Geschiedenis en Kunst. de Prov

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Published: 1st January 1999
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Is daily-life equipment sufficiently adapted to use by the elderly? Or are product developers biased towards young, healthy males with technical skills and insight? When designing products to be handled at home or in a professional situation or in the public domain, designers ought to base their choices of technical properties on the capacities, habits and preferences of the user group. Although there is a continuing increase in the grey sector of society, design-relevant data on elderly users are almost nonexistent. This book attempts to narrow this gap in gerontechnology: product design for the elderly.
Product developers and innovation managers are invited to implement the checklist of guidelines, to initiate or enhance their user-centred design work.

Introductionp. 13
The ageing of human characteristics and implications for the design of durable products and manualsp. 19
Preparatory research: the most difficult products for older consumersp. 65
Preliminary guidelines and domestic 'smart' durables for senior consumersp. 81
Testing and extending the guidelines to encompass all agesp. 117
Inter-observer reliability of the TV/VCR studyp. 151
Transformation of design information into an industrial toolp. 173
Design guidelines (yellow pages)p. 201
Discussion and conclusionp. 233
Suggestions for future study and investigationp. 241
Summaryp. 249
Samenvattingp. 255
Literaturep. 263
Questions asked during the interviews with designersp. 273
Guidelines that can be tested in future researchp. 276
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ISBN: 9789040717550
ISBN-10: 9040717559
Series: de Nederlandse Monumenten Van Geschiedenis en Kunst. de Prov
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: IOS Press
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45