Exploring the aesthetic pleasure that humans derive from designed artifacts
Project UMA seeks to define a Unified Model of Aesthetics. At its core, the model predicts that the aesthetic pleasure we gain from for designed artifacts arises out of a delicate balance between ranges of opposing forces. With key teams in Delft and Melbourne, an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers is devoting five years [2011-2016] to unraveling the mystery of aesthetic enjoyment. The model supports designers and industries that wish to make informed aesthetic decisions.
Project UMA is supported by MAGW VICI grant number 453-10-004 from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), awarded to Prof. Dr. Paul Hekkert. Five PhD candidates and a post-doctoral researcher are supported by grants made by Swinburne University of Technology.
Crossing disciplines to identify and articulate a profound understanding of aesthetic pleasure is a challenging task. The success of our work depends entirely on the collaborative efforts of specialists that come from several universities and a variety of academic backgrounds.
A University of Cambridge – Department of Engineering (Cambridge, UK)
B Folkwang University of the Arts – Department of Industrial Design (Essen, Germany)
C University of Vienna – Department of Psychological Basic Research (Vienna, Austria)
D National Taiwan University of Science and Technology – Department of Industrial and Commercial Design (Taipei, Taiwan)
E Universidad EAFIT – School of Engineering (Medellín, Colombia)