To understand intended and/or a potential user regarding for example values, economic resources, physique (age and body shape) and or practical life/product use context.
Understanding the user can prolong product lifespan through:
- Enhanced product/user match.
- Meeting diverse user needs.
- It can be a challenge to incorporate users and user understanding into design processes.
- Danish baby clothing company, Vigga (now part of Circos) bases their business model on in-depth user understanding and community building.
- The Nike Flyease has been specially developed for athletes of all abilities and ages making them easier to take on and off.
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Lamb & Kallal (1992). A Conceptual Framework for Apparel Design. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 10(2), pp. 42-47.