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The Application of the Feature-matching Theory on Kettle Design

Date : 2010-12-10 10:08:39

DescriptionThis research applies the ‘feature-matching theory’ to study how the product be identified. It aims to explore the relation between the object’s physical dimension in the space and the human cognition in the psychological aspect. This investigation takes kettle design as a case study to examine how the contours of object dominate its identification. It considers that each kettle is composed of the body, handle, lid, and spout. By manipulating the character of the contour of each component with computer 3D morphing technique, it generates more than four thousand rendering images between one typical universal kettle and five identical Chinese ceramic teapots. These new pictures are ordered, inserted and programmed for testing people’s recognition. Then it applies Chi-test to examine the observed groups’ attitudes and reactions in response to ‘preference’, ‘classical Chinese taste’, and ‘Chinese taste with modern style’. The results show that the order of affecting recognizing a kettle in terms of cultural issue is body, handle, spout, and lid. The features of the contours in the kettle not only indicate regional designs, but also make the people associate with their vernacular cultures and nostalgic memories. And the way of adjusting appropriate contour could provide an efficient tool for new designs and act as cultural regeneration. Key words: Contours, Feature-matching, Culture symbol, Morphing.

Name of InstitutionThe Application of the Feature-matching Theory on Kettle Design

Author(s) NameKristen Patin

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