Practical experiences with consumer products, users and prototyping

G. I. Johnson*, E.P.G. van Vianen

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This poster describes some of our experiences of user-centred design and evaluation of consumer products, using prototypes. The types of consumer products used as examples here are representative of everyday, contemporary, interactive, ‘high-end’ (i.e., many featured) products. Our work concerned prototypes of products from the consumer electronics areas of incar systems and television products. This approach used screen-based, interactive prototypes which were then employed in user trials to assess usability. Involvement of users at an early stage is seen as critical, functional prototypes providing many possibilities. A discussion of the practical issues faced when employing prototypes in usability analysis is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary ergonomics 1993
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the Ergonomics Society's 1993 annual conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13-16 April 1993: ergonomics and energy
EditorsE.J. Lovesey
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0203276124
ISBN (Print)0748400702
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 1993
Externally publishedYes


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