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  • Using archetypes to create user panels for usability studies: Streamlining focus groups and user studies

Ahmed-Kristensen, Saeema, Stavrakos, SK and Goldman, T, 2016, Journal Article, Using archetypes to create user panels for usability studies: Streamlining focus groups and user studies Applied Ergonomics, 56. pp. 108-116. ISSN 0003-6870

Abstract or Description:

Designers at the conceptual phase of products such as headphones, stress the importance of comfort, e.g. executing comfort studies and the need for a reliable user panel. This paper proposes a methodology to issue a reliable user panel to represent large populations and validates the proposed framework to predict comfort factors, such as physical fit. Data of 200 heads was analyzed by forming clusters, 9 archetypal people were identified out of a 200 people's ear database. The archetypes were validated by comparing the archetypes' responses on physical fit against those of 20 participants interacting with 6 headsets. This paper suggests a new method of selecting representative user samples for prototype testing compared to costly and time consuming methods which relied on the analysis of human geometry of large populations.

Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2016.02.016
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 11:36
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2018 08:38
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3281

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