S-Space College of Business Administration/Business School (경영대학/대학원) Dept. of Business Administration (경영학과) Seoul Journal of Business Seoul Journal of Business Volume 20, Number 1/2 (2014)
The Effects of Design Attributes on Other Attributes and Product Evaluation
- Kim, Sang-Hoon; Sim, So Yun; Hahm, Young Eun
- Issue Date
- Seoul Journal of Business, Vol.20 No.2, pp. 1-22
- This study examines how consumers perceptions of a products design attributes influence their perceptions on other product attributes, and attitudes toward the focal product. This study explored image-related adjectives in order to analyze product attributes, which are categorized into design, symbolic, and functional factors. The empirical test results confirmed the mediating role of attitudes toward design, which indicate the overall preference about product design, between design attributes and attitudes toward product, while the hypothesis of the moderating role of design sensitivity was not supported. These findings revealed that design attributes have influences beyond the aesthetic value, as product design rouses symbolic value and delivers information about functions. Therefore, in the context of product development process, it would be effective to distinguish design elements that can strengthen advantages and supplement weaknesses and to measure attitudes toward design that can be an important index of product evaluation.