A product semantic study of the influence of the sense of vision on the evalutation of woodLindberg, Siv; Roos, Anders; Kihlstedt, Annika
AbstractBased on product semantics, this study investigated how visual attributes of wood are perceived and interpreted semantically. The wood species alder, ash, aspen, birch, beech, elm, lime, larch, maple, oak, pine and spruce were used. The subjects rated the samples based on the descriptive words natural, exclusive, environmental (i.e., ecofriendly), rough, inexpensive, dark, reliable, warm, modern, cosy, solid, and light. The most significant differences were between softwoods and hardwoods. Principal component analysis yielded three dimensions based on visual perceptions: exclusive/modern, environmental/natural and light vs. dark. Maple and ash, in addition to other hardwoods, were seen as more exclusive/modern than spruce and pine. Pine, on the other hand, was perceived as the most environmental/ natural wood type. Beech and alder did not score high on any of the three dimensions. The potential use of these results in product design and interior design is discussed.
KeywordsWood design; consumer study; perceptions; consumer studies
Published inResearch results (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Products)
2010, number: 8
Publisher: Institutionen för skogens produkter, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet