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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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004 Artifact Analysis

A systematic examination of the material, aesthetic, and interactive qualities of objects

• It asks what objects say about people and their culture, time, and place rather than focusing on what people say about the products and systems they use.

• Material analysis addresses the quantity, material composition, physical and digital components, durability, wear patterns, and disposability of objects.

• Aesthetic analysis includes subjective assessment of form, color, texture, references to particular eras, time, or place, and emotional significance.

• Interactive aspects of the analysis address the characteristics of operational use and behaviors that the artifact affords: for example, function and complexity.

• Contextual ...

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