Quantifying the qualities of aesthetics in product design using eye-tracking technology

Khalighy, S., Green, G., Scheepers, C. and Whittet, C. (2015) Quantifying the qualities of aesthetics in product design using eye-tracking technology. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 49, 31 - 43. (doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2015.05.011)

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Abstract

This study provides a methodology to quantify the qualities of visual aesthetics in product design by applying eye-tracking technology. The output data of eye-tracking software, consisting of number, duration, and coordinate of eye fixations, are formulated using the fundamental constituent factors of beauty and attractiveness. This methodology has been developed by conducting three eye-tracking experiments and five experiments applying subjective measures which in total more than 300 participants attended. The results of these experiments contributed to the development of an aesthetic formula. The output of this formula was then compared with the declared preferences of a further 200 subjects. This comparison confirmed that the proposed methodology was capable of quantifying and predicting aesthetic preference by only monitoring eye behaviour.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Aesthetics, product design, eye-tracking, design methodology, design tool.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scheepers, Dr Christoph and Whittet, Mr Craig and Green, Dr Graham
Authors: Khalighy, S., Green, G., Scheepers, C., and Whittet, C.
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Science and Engineering
Journal Name:International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0169-8141
ISSN (Online):1872-8219
Published Online:08 June 2015

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