Insights into the role of gender in aesthetic design: a participatory study on the design of digital health wearables

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Khayamian Esfahani, B. and Sareh, P. 2021. Insights into the role of gender in aesthetic design: a participatory study on the design of digital health wearables. International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing. 15, pp. 173-185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12008-021-00751-7
AuthorsKhayamian Esfahani, B. and Sareh, P.
Abstract

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in facilitating the real-time processing of data is revolutionising the future of healthcare through mobile diagnostics, remote monitoring devices, and wearable technology products. The rise in digital wearables for remote healthcare is evolving at an increasing pace towards patient-centred and personalised care with connected patients. This transformation is creating new opportunities for designers to increase patients' participation and sustain their engagement in remote healthcare. In this paper, the authors have investigated the role of gender in aesthetic design in the context of digital health wearables to enhance user engagement and interaction. The investigations were conducted through participatory design sessions and showed a constructive relationship between aesthetic preferences and understanding the influence of gender as a means of facilitating user engagement with digital health wearables. This paper presents a novel user response model that leads to suggestions for future work, including research in the areas of gender awareness in aesthetics to move beyond traditional, stereotypical, and pre-identified gendered characteristics related to femininity and masculinity. The findings conclude with a path forwards for design research to promote gender awareness in aesthetic design for the realisation of healthcare wearables of the future.

JournalInternational Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
Journal citation15, pp. 173-185
ISSN1955-2505
Year2021
PublisherSpringer
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12008-021-00751-7
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Accepted02 Jul 2021
Deposited27 Jul 2021
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