A framework for understanding product design practice and education

Stephen Trathen, Soumitri Varadarjan

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the Industrial Design ecology framework model - a propositional model for product/industrial design practice and education, and explores how this model can illuminate current and future scenarios in these fields. The model was informed by qualitative research with product/industrial design graduates, and is important in visualising the breadth of local and international design practice. It highlights the tensions and dynamism of the profession, and how this mutable landscape could drive continuing evolutions in design education. Changes in the priority attached to the elements comprising the Industrial Design ecology framework model can describe the past, illuminate the present and provide scenarios for possible futures; all dependent on their proportional relationships, connectedness and emphasis. Privileging different elements can reflect or create new educational policy frameworks that May send us back in time or propel us into emerging futures. The Industrial Design ecology framework model provides a conceptual basis to consider possible futures and potential directions for steering product/industrial design practice and education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
    Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017
    PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
    Pages454-459
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781904670841
    ISBN (Print)9781904670841
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    Event19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2017 - Oslo, Norway
    Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017

    Conference

    Conference19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2017
    CountryNorway
    CityOslo
    Period7/09/178/09/17

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    Trathen, S., & Varadarjan, S. (2017). A framework for understanding product design practice and education. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017 (pp. 454-459). (Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017). Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/40355/A+FRAMEWORK+FOR+UNDERSTANDING+PRODUCT+DESIGN+PRACTICE+AND+EDUCATION