Exploring negotiated determinants of product form

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Abstract

This paper describes work in progress exploring influences of product form in design practice based on interviews with five industrial designers in southern Sweden. Participants were asked to list and compare different designers, and to explain how their respective characteristics affected product form. The findings indicate designers as shaped by traditions and acting not only to serve their clients/employers, but also with respect to others in the profession. Designers make decisions on strength and novelty of expressions, but behind the seemingly rational product design process, designers interpret and perform practices based on their own agendas, which may sometimes contrast commercial goals.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Keywords

  • Determinants of product form, designer practice, designer roles, personal constructs, machine design, industrial design
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event11th Nordcode Conference - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 2012 Jun 112012 Jun 13

Conference

Conference11th Nordcode Conference
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period2012/06/112012/06/13