Using personality traits and a spatial ability test to identify talented aspiring designers in User-Centred Design methodologies

Farshid Anvari, Deborah Richards

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Abstract

User-Centred Design (UCD) methodologies have been increasingly used during the past decade to develop software applications and products that are tailored to the needs of individuals and allow for human computer interactions on emotional and psychological levels. UCD designers and developers need to have special abilities and training to design products that meet the demands of users. This paper presents novel techniques to identify talented aspiring designers in UCD methodologies. Twenty-three undergraduate students, studying at a research-intensive metropolitan Australian university, participated in this study. Participants completed a spatial ability test, answered personality trait questionnaires and performed a design activity. Our results indicate that students who score high in the imagination personality factor and spatial ability tests are talented aspiring UCD designers. The implication of our study is that talented students who can design using UCD methodologies can be identified early in their studies and they can benefit by receiving advanced training. Likewise the less talented students can be given extra tutoring as abilities are not immutable and, interest and persistence is important in achieving expertise.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2015
EditorsJoaquim Filipe, Leszek Maciaszek
Place of PublicationSetúbal, Portugal
PublisherSciTePress
Pages90-101
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 29 Apr 201530 Apr 2015

Other

Other10th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2015
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period29/04/1530/04/15

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Keywords

  • User-Centred Design
  • Holistic Persona
  • Scenario
  • Personality Traits
  • Big-Five Factors
  • Imagination
  • Spatial Ability

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