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Anthropomorphic is a term used in design to describe objects, characters, or interfaces that possess human-like characteristics or attributes. This concept involves imbuing non-human entities with qualities typically associated with human beings, such as physical features, emotions, behaviors, or thought processes. In design, anthropomorphism is often employed to create a sense of familiarity, relatability, and emotional connection between the user and the designed object or interface. By incorporating human-like elements, designers aim to enhance user engagement, improve usability, and foster a more intuitive interaction experience. Anthropomorphic design can be applied across various disciplines, including product design, character design, user interface design, and robotics. For instance, a product designer might create a kitchen appliance with a face-like appearance or a user interface designer might use human-like gestures and expressions in a digital avatar. The use of anthropomorphism in design has its roots in ancient art and storytelling, where human qualities were often attributed to animals, natural phenomena, and deities. In the modern context, the application of anthropomorphic principles has become increasingly prevalent due to advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, which allow for more sophisticated and interactive anthropomorphic designs. However, designers must strike a balance to avoid the uncanny valley effect, where an anthropomorphic design becomes too human-like, causing discomfort or unease in users.

Personification, human-like, emotional design, user experience, empathy, familiarity, character design, interaction design, user-centered design

John Armstrong

CITATION : "John Armstrong. 'Anthropomorphic.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on April 19, 2024)"

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