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Towards consolidated methods for the design and evaluation of user experience


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Keywords :
user experience; evaluation; design; methods; research consolidation; UX; Human-Computer Interaction; HCI
Abstract :
[en] In the “third wave” of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), the emergence of User Experience (UX) as a key concept has opened up both exciting perspectives and hard challenges. The conceptual shift to a more comprehensive and emotional view of human-computer interactions has been accompanied by the development of numerous methods and tools for the design and evaluation of interactive systems. UX research has thus been mainly driven by novelty and innovation and to date a majority of the developed tools lack validation and consolidation. UX research undoubtedly raises new concerns and challenges common conceptual and methodological practice. Thus the primary objective of this thesis is to contribute to UX consolidation. We addressed this objective by relying on a mixed-methods approach for the empirical part of this thesis, involving comparatively large and representative samples. This part encompasses six studies, representing a variety of perspectives related to UX research consolidation. More specifically, this dissertation includes a replication study (Paper A, N = 758), the translation and validation of a tool (Paper B, N = 381), the development of new design and evaluation methods (Paper C and D, N = 137 and 33), the empirical assessment of the relevance of established HCI methods for the evaluation of UX (Paper E, N = 103) and finally an investigation on how to bridge UX research and practice through a design approach (Paper F). The contributions of this thesis to UX research and practice regard both UX as a concept and its methodologies. Main findings inform about the benefits, challenges, and limitations of UX consolidation strategies as derived from our respective studies (papers A to F). Each study provides advances to both research and practice, while the combination of our studies pushes forward consolidation of UX. This is an essential step with regards to an emerging concept and informs an overarching research agenda aiming at a continuous interdisciplinary fostering of the UX field.
Disciplines :
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Engineering, computing & technology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
LALLEMAND, Carine  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) > Institute of Cognitive Science and Assessment (COSA)
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Title :
Towards consolidated methods for the design and evaluation of user experience
Alternative titles :
[fr] Vers des méthodes consolidées pour la conception et l'évaluation de l'expérience utilisateur
Defense date :
12 May 2015
Number of pages :
278 + 21
Institution :
Unilu - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Degree :
Docteur en Psychologie
President :
Jury member :
Gronier, Guillaume
Bernhaupt, Regina
Hornbæk, Kasper
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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