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28-05-2019 | Issue 5/2020 Open Access

International Journal of Technology and Design Education 5/2020

HuValue: a tool to support design students in considering human values in their design

International Journal of Technology and Design Education > Issue 5/2020
Shadi Kheirandish, Mathias Funk, Stephan Wensveen, Maarten Verkerk, Matthias Rauterberg
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Human values play an integral role in any design that aims to improve the quality of human life. However, only a few design approaches concentrate on human values in their design, and there is even very little agreement between them in identifying human values. Considering this, we created a design tool based on a comprehensive value framework to support designers’ addressing human values in their designs. This tool intends to raise designers’ awareness about human values and provide tangible materials to facilitate the use of selected values within the design process. This article investigated whether this tool is applicable and effective to be used in design education. A quasi-experimental study with design students showed that the project groups who were supported with this tool addressed significantly stronger human values in their design concepts compared to the control groups. Results of the evaluation indicated that the tool is not only applicable in a design process but is also effective at enriching design concepts with human values.
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