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The effect of the merging of design disciplines and its implication for product design education

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Show simple item record Kiernan, Louise Ledwith, Ann 2013-04-26T14:16:22Z 2013-04-26T14:16:22Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Design in industry is changing and design education needs to evolve accordingly. The borders between design disciplines are blurring with the different areas of design extending into each other. Design problems have become more complex as several technologies are combined to produce not just stand alone products but systems and services that are interconnected. To date product design has only been concerned with the hard-ware of a product but now the focus must also be on the disciplines and areas of design that are impacting on product design. Despite industry advances there is a belief that education is not supporting these opportunities. Evidence has shown that currently there is a poor link between design practice and design education. Many product design courses are based on the craft based Bauhaus style studio course which place an emphasis on aesthetics and form. Skills such as rendering, model making and styling are the focus despite the fact that industry is now looking for skills in other areas. This paper reviews the disciplines of design that are merging with product design. It examines the variety of design approaches and methods used by those disciplines. This shows that a holistic approach is needed to solve today’s design problems. This paper contributes to a better understanding of product design in industry and can contribute to educators in developing educational strategies for the teaching of product design. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Common Ground Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Design Principles and Practices;5(4), PP. 173-186
dc.rights This material is posted here for your personal use. No part of this work may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher. en_US
dc.subject design disciplines en_US
dc.subject product design en_US
dc.subject methods en_US
dc.subject approaches en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.title The effect of the merging of design disciplines and its implication for product design education en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
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