Evaluation of an Affordance-Based Requirements Generation Tool for Speech And Language Therapeutic Toys

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Emanuel Balzan, Philip Farrugia, Owen Casha
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Malta, Malta
Section: Design for Healthcare
Page(s): 1221-1230
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.124
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Task clarification poses various challenges to designers as they need to understand the different needs of users before translating the requirements into specifications and aptly conceiving product concepts in the subsequent design stage. This paper presents a descriptive study for the evaluation of a framework and its implementation as a computer-based prototype tool, proposed to assist designers in generating and understanding affordance-based requirements for speech and language therapeutic toys. Results show that early design support is beneficial to both experienced and novice designers.

Keywords: early design phase, design tools, evaluation, affordance-based requirements, therapeutic toys

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