Quantifying Designer’s Mental Stress in the Conceptual Design Process Using Kinesics Study

DS 58-9: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 9, Human Behavior in Design, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Tang, Yao; Zeng, Yong
Series: ICED
Section: Human Behavior in Design
Page(s): 211-220


In this paper, a new approach is proposed to evaluate the designer's mental stress during the conceptual design process. Combined with designer's sketches, the proposed approach is based on the kinesics study, which looks into body movements. The kinesics data is collected through the video recording the designer's behavior in the design process. The sketches are generated in a tablet and recorded by a screen recording system. It is observed from the experiment that designer?s mental stress is closely related to the frequency of the body movements.

Keywords: Designer?s mental stress, kinesics, conceptual design, kinesics frequency


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