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Designing a product to enhance the experience of eating alone. An approach to enhance the solitary eating experience through design

Juárez Bocanegra, N. (2021) Designing a product to enhance the experience of eating alone. An approach to enhance the solitary eating experience through design.

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Abstract:Commensality, the act of eating together, is often seen as having many benefits while eating alone is frequently associated with adverse effects on a person. However, the increased number of people eating alone poses the question of how their solo eating experience could be improved. This paper describes the process of designing a product to enhance the eating experience of solo diners by considering their needs and requirements. A human-centred design approach aided in understanding the context of use and user requirements for the design. After scoping the literature, a digital food diary was filled out by six participants. Their feedback indicated several advantages of eating alone: feeling relaxed, enjoying a quiet environment, and having 'me-time', which were used as input to the iterative design process. Early ideas converged into a final design that was evaluated by solo diners as providing a more relaxing and satisfying eating experience.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88145
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