|dc.description.abstract||As the heart of the home, the kitchen is always a happening place. It can be used to
entertain family, cook that holiday meal, or just scrounge for the latest snack. Kitchen tools have
an important role in creating entertainment and pleasure in the kitchen. Depending on
consumers’ preferences, they can have a chef’s kitchen with professional tools, such as a good
set of knives. Or users can enjoy their own modern host’s kitchen, with a bar, counter stools, and
plenty of baking tools. As people have increasing expectations for their kitchen products, it will
be important to designing pleasurable, high quality manual kitchen tools. In the future, designing
pleasurable kitchen tools would allow consumers to use and enjoy the products at the same time.
This study will use research to explore the most important elements that a pleasurable kitchen
product could have and develop a process for designing pleasurable kitchen products.
In order to develop a checklist for designing pleasurable kitchen products, one rule that needs to
be understood is that products affect users not only physically but also psychologically. There
are three different types of pleasure with products: The emotional, hedonic and practical benefits
associated with products. Pleasure with products comes from the relationship between a person
and a product (Jordan, 2003). Therefore, pleasurability is not a property of a product but of
interaction with that product.
After studying physical and psychological pleasure feelings and ergonomics associated
with manual kitchen tools, as well as “the four pleasures” (Tiger, 1992), a checklist for designing
pleasurable kitchen tools will be developed in this thesis. All the elements mentioned above are
considered in this checklist. A final physical redesigned model that follows the new checklist
will also be included. By applying these guidelines, a better user experience could be expected.||en_US