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The design Process

Illustrates and describes the design process that students in design and technology course go through to develop a product
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David Timmermans

on 17 November 2010

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Transcript of The design Process

The Design Process 1. Identify The Need
2. Research 3. Ideas 4. Design Options 5. Choosing a Prefered Option 6. Planning for Production 8. Testing and Evaluating Recognise the situation?


Clarify the problem in a


Decide on the briefs specifications and criteria for evaluating the end product

Design Brief Design Briefs have 2 main Sections

1.OUTLINE OF THE SITUATION
This is a paragraph explaining the design problem. It breifly answers the 5 W's? (who? what? where? when? and why?)

2.SPECIFICATIONS
There are 2 types of these which are represented in point form

CONSTRAINTS (Must haves)

CONSIDERATIONS (Depend on research)
My friend, Chris, is enthusiastically involved in a number of sporting teams. Chris needs a method of storing and organising sporting clothes and equipment. He needs a storage unit that contains sections for clothing, footwear, sporting equipment and trophies. The unit will be placed in the bedroom, which is not spacious; Chris also wants the unit to relate to the other furniture in the room. Chris’s budget is very limited as he is a student with limited income.



Constraints
Budget limit of $100
Size limitation base size of 1200mm x 500mm
The unit must hold the required clothes, shoes and equipment
The unit needs to effectively display trophies
It must fit in the room and match other furniture
The chosen fixtures need to function smoothly (e.g. doors, drawers, shelves, etc.)
Materials must be strong and durable, easily maintained

Considerations
Chris would prefer the materials to be environmentally sound
Consider 1950’s style to match other furniture
Chris likes clean lines no clutter 1. Outline of Situation 2. Specifications Research the topic area

Organise and analyse your information

Work out what information is relevant to your brief

Research may be ongoing throughout the design and production process Areas of Research Inspirational pictures
Photos of end user in action
Use of materials
Properties of materials
Interesting design features
Innovative solutions to functional problems
Appropriate styles

Design elements and principles
Historical information
Possible construction techniques
What measurements need to be collated
What are the design priorities of the brief Brainstorm and experiment with Shape Colour Function Materials Construction Techniques How to write a Design Brief Formulate realistic ideas, solutions or design options that fulfil the Brief Identify the most probable solution by comparison with the design brief This may involve combining features from a range of design options Create working drawings Organise and plan the construction process to realise your solution 7. Production Make the product Conduct a series of tests to assess the effectiveness of your solution Consult the user of the product about how well it meets their needs Reflect on the processes used in design and production
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