Searching for balance in aesthetic pleasure in interaction

N. Cila, Marco Rozendaal, Michaël Berghman, Paul Hekkert

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In this paper, we investigate the interplay between unity-variety, and novelty-typicality in relation to the beauty experienced in the movements performed while interacting with a product. We conducted a study that explored how these factors affect the aesthetic pleasure elicited from interaction. Results showed that novelty and typicality jointly explained aesthetic pleasure: People derive aesthetic pleasure from interactions that offer a feeling of doing things in a new way within the boundaries of familiarity. Regarding unity-in-variety, we found out that it does not matter how varied the interaction with a product is, as long as this variety combines into a unified, coherent experience of the interaction. The findings are discussed in light of a dual impulses model of aesthetic experience and aesthetics principles of interaction design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and semantics of form and movement (DeSForM 2015)
Subtitle of host publicationaesthetics of interaction: dynamic, multisensory, wise
EditorsLin-Li Chen, Tom Djajadiningrat, Loe Feijs, Jun Hu, Steven Kyffin, Lucia Rampino, Edgar Rodriguez, Dagmar Steffen
Place of PublicationEindhoven
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978 88 6493 031 2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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