We are pleased to share an exciting development in the field of emotion-driven design (EDD), thanks to the collaborative efforts of Haian Xue, Pieter M. A. Desmet, and JungKyoon Yoon. Their recent two-part article, published in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, explores the concept of designers’ emotional connoisseurship and its importance to EDD.

Part 1 of the article, titled “On the Cultivation of Designers’ Emotional Connoisseurship: A Theoretical Positioning,” lays the groundwork for understanding emotional connoisseurship. The research emphasizes the importance of designers developing a refined appreciation for emotional experiences, moving beyond traditional tools and methods in EDD. The authors advocate for a sensibility-oriented approach, encouraging designers to cultivate emotional connoisseurship. This approach involves enhancing the ability to perceive, differentiate, and articulate subtle emotional experiences, thereby improving the effectiveness of design practices. Part 2, which will appear in the next issue of She Ji, will provide practical strategies to help novice designers develop their emotional connoisseurship for more professional EDD practice and research.

Find out more through the link below.

Xue, H., Desmet, P. M. A., & Yoon, J. (2024). On the Cultivation of Designers’ Emotional Connoisseurship (Part 1): A Theoretical Positioning. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, 10(1), 9-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sheji.2024.03.001