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Kansei Engineering for small business: Shedding new light on product design
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim for this thesis was to apply Kansei Engineering to a small business and to design desktop light for office environment. Kansei Engineering is a method developed to turn the user's feelings and experiences into concrete product parameters. A method called Kansei Engineering Type I was applied to the desktop light. The aim of the method was to investigate which product parameters regarding the form that will give the users the most positive impression. The procedure was to extract Kansei word (adjectives, nouns, verbs and sentences that describes what the user should experience in the product), a sample of products and formulate a survey with a semantic differential scale. A sample of potential users from various companies answered the survey. The results from the survey was analyzed and interpreted. In the end the Kansei words could be connected to various product parameters and the parameters for the most positive impression could be concluded. This method was supplemented with creative methods which involved a survey and workshop with potential users and a brainwriting session with the company the author collaborated with. A few concepts were made and one were chosen. This concept was developed further using mockups. In the end a model was made using CAD and drawings was delivered to the company of collaboration.

Abstract [sv]

Målet för detta arbete var att tillämpa Kansei Engineering på ett litet företag och att formge en skrivbordslampa för kontorsmiljö. Kansei Engineering är en metod som utvecklats för att omvandla användarens känslor och upplevelser till konkreta produktparametrar. En metod som kallas Kansei Engineering Typ I applicerades på skrivbordslampan. Målet med metoden var att undersöka vilka formparametrar som kommer att ge användarna det mest positiva intrycket .Proceduren var att ta fram Kansei ord ( adjektiv , substantiv , verb och meningar som beskriver vad användaren ska uppleva av produkten ), ett urval av produkter och utforma en enkät med en SD-skala. Ett urval av potentiella användare från olika företag besvarade enkäten. Resultaten från undersökningen analyserades och tolkas. I slutändan kunde Kansei orden kopplas till olika produktparametrar samt formparametrarna för det mest positiva intrycket kunde konkluderas. Denna metod kompletterades med kreativa metoder som involverade en enkät och workshop med potentiella användare och en session brainwriting med företaget som författaren av detta arbete har samarbetat med .Några koncept togs fram och en valdes . Konceptet utvecklades ytterligare med hjälp av prototyper. Till slut togs en modell fram i CAD och ritningar levererades till företaget.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
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MMK 2015:04 IDE 142
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168721OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-168721DiVA: diva2:818126
Available from: 2015-10-13 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-10-13Bibliographically approved

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