A practical approach to product design from a philosophical perspective

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“Buy an identity or surprise your senses” are in short a few from the results of the course “Design for a specific Theme” by 4th grade students Industrial Design Engineering at Twente University. The theme in the title of this course is philosophical, based on the theory of globalization of German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. It came out that the structure of this course was particularly suitable for the conversion of such abstract themes in tangible product design. This paper describes the structure and the associated teaching methods, gives examples of student results and discusses the points of interest and application possibilities for this type of course.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference
EditorsA. Clarke
Place of PublicationWiltshire UK
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers
ISBN (Print)1904670040
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2008
Event10th Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, E&PDE 2008 - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 Sep 20085 Sep 2008
Conference number: 10

Publication series

PublisherUniversitat Polytecnica de Catalunya


Conference10th Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, E&PDE 2008
Abbreviated titleE&PDE


  • METIS-254839
  • Philosophical Issues
  • Peter Sloterdijk
  • Globalization
  • Design Education
  • IR-78390

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