The role of user models in product design for assessment of user needs

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Hasdoǧan G. F.

Design Studies, vol.17, pp.19-33, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/0142-694x(95)00007-e
  • Journal Name: Design Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-33
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper elucidates the role of user models in the household product design process for the assessment of user needs. Based on field work which investigated the characteristics and qualities of user models employed by design practitioners working in England and Wales in 1991, it presents the benefits and limitations of a range of user models which are most relevant for design practitioners.