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Zidong (Jerry) Lin

PhD Work

PhD work

Starting from Smartwatches: Building a Framework of Pleasurable User Experiences for Designing Internet of Things Products

The arrival of Internet of Things (IoT) overcomes limitations of time and space by providing ubiquitous accessibility of its products. Design and HCI research are challenged by a complex network of diverse interaction types. To design pleasurable user experiences (UXs) the establishment of new models for emerging IoT products is crucial as previous models for conventional products might not be applicable anymore. From a human-centred perspective, the priority aim of this study is creating a new framework for shaping the pleasurable user experiences of IoT products. The study started with investigating how the pleasurability will change after a product develops into an IoT product. For this purpose, the smartwatch was selected as a representative IoT product as it evolved from a mechanical device into a digital, interactive web-connected one during the recent years. The corresponding findings will be used to inform the development of a UX framework which should be generalised for other IoT products in the later stages of this work.



  • PhD


    School of Design


    Design Research, 2019–

  • Zidong (Jerry) Lin is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. He has a BA (Hons) in Product Design (University of Lincoln) and an MFA in Design Informatics (University of Edinburgh). Under the supervision of Dr Bjorn Sommer, his current research focuses on developing a novel framework for designing emotional user experiences for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

    As a researcher and an interaction designer, Zidong (Jerry) Lin’s design practices explore the human-nonhuman relationship by socio-technical narratives and experimental design methods. His previous works are related, but not limited to object-oriented ontologies, speculative design, design with data, design for Human-computer Interactions (HCI), as well as novelty design.

  • Degrees

  • MFA Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh, 2019; BA Product Design, University of Lincoln, 2017