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The design of pictorial assembly instructions

Schumacher, Peter Collin

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This thesis examines and develops knowledge for the design of effective Pictorial Assembly Instructions (PAls). PAls are an important element of products requiring assembly by the consumer as the success of the product relies on the consumer's ability to interpret and enact the instructions correctly. However there is very little research published about their design, particularly with regard to the creation of effective illustrations. The thesis examines the academic literature in the area...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSchumacher, Peter Collin
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-22T00:11:36Z
dc.date.available2018-11-22T00:11:36Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.identifier.otherb3088047
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/151770
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines and develops knowledge for the design of effective Pictorial Assembly Instructions (PAls). PAls are an important element of products requiring assembly by the consumer as the success of the product relies on the consumer's ability to interpret and enact the instructions correctly. However there is very little research published about their design, particularly with regard to the creation of effective illustrations. The thesis examines the academic literature in the area of pictorial instruction design in western and developing countries. The positivist reductionist approaches used for the research are critiqued and alternative approaches to research appropriate for PAls are presented. The method used for this thesis is one of designerly research to develop grounded theory expressed as a pattern language and concepts. The research is expanded via an examination of existing practice and discussions with practitioners regarding how they develop and encode their knowledge for PAl design. This knowledge is set out as a list of guidelines. A project to design PAls for a flat-pack wheel chair for distribution to developing countries is undertaken to further investigate and develop the knowledge for PAl design. This thesis concludes with a pattern language for PAls and the description of factors to consider in the creation of illustrations for PAls.
dc.format.extentxviii, 461 leaves
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subject.lccT10.5.S38 2011
dc.subject.lcshTechnical manuals Design
dc.subject.lcshTeaching Aids and devices
dc.subject.lcshCommunication of technical information
dc.subject.lcshPictures in education
dc.subject.lcshIndustrial design
dc.titleThe design of pictorial assembly instructions
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.description.notesThesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University
dc.date.issued2011
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationAustralian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d514a060cb52
dc.date.updated2018-11-21T13:49:58Z
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