Designing Life: A Socio-cultural Analysis of IKEA Kitchen Planner and UX

Yunye Yu


In this study, I examine a computer-aided design software named IKEA Kitchen Planner. I argue that Kitchen Planner could be regarded as a genre attempting to respond to global users in various contexts. I analyze how the software provides its users with the needed experience from the perspective of affordance and uptake. The study focuses on three versions to Kitchen Planner: the original Swedish version and the localized U.S. version and Chinese version. By combining an autoethnographic approach with an expert walkthrough usability test, this study strives to provide a more comprehensive view of user experience in different socio-cultural contexts.

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