A descriptive phenomenological approach to perception of affective quality in design inspiration

Rangarajan, Vimalkrishnan and Onkar, Prasad S and De, Kruiff and Deirdre, Barron (2022) A descriptive phenomenological approach to perception of affective quality in design inspiration. Design Studies, 78. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0142-694X

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The psychological term affective quality denotes the ability of objects to change how individuals feel when they encounter those objects. In design research, the affective qualities of inspirational materials and the perception of such affective qualities have been studied, mainly from a positivist standpoint. This involves experimental methodologies and tools like rating scales which imply objective measurements of perception of affective qualities to establish cause-effect relationships. However, affective quality is enmeshed in cultural and contextual frameworks. This implies that there can be subjective perceptions of affective quality that demand more descriptive research. This paper contextualises a descriptive phenomeological approach to study designers’ subjective perceptions of affective qualities of inspirational material. This approach fosters methodological diversity and theory-building research in design. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd

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Onkar, Prasad Shttp://orcid.org/0000-0003-1788-3826
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Additional Information: This research was funded by the University Grants Commission, India (Junior/Senior research fellowship) and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (Partnered Ph.D. - IIT Hyderabad scholarship). We thank the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India, and The School of Design and Architecture, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, for facilitating this research project. We also thank the reviewers and guest editors for their constructive feedback. We acknowledge Firefly Creative Studios, for their inputs to design the VR simulation mentioned in this study.
Uncontrolled Keywords: descriptive phenomenology; design research; design theory; research methods
Subjects: Arts > Design
Arts > Architecture
Divisions: Department of Design
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 14:44
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 14:44
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/9975
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2021.101072
OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16876
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