Cultivating Responsible Design with the Product Impact Tool

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

4 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Industrial Design Engineers have a social responsibility by the very nature of their activities, bringing new products and services into the world of the user. Within the design related research chairs of our university we strive to shape this responsibility in the context of the design of Human Technology Relations. This paper will report on the experiences with teaching responsible design in the context of an Industrial Design Engineering Master’s course “Create the Future”. In this course student groups explore the future of a specific design domain by means of future scenario development. In the course, the potential impacts of future design interventions are actively explored by means of the Product Impact Tool. This is a framework, derived from Philosophy of Technology and User Centred Design that addresses the multitude of impact types that technologies have on humans and human behaviour. In the course, the student groups analysed and evaluated their conceptual designs with the tool in a half-day workshop. Looking at the influence of the Product Impact Tool exercise on the final design results of the course, we can conclude that the use of the Product Impact Tool is valuable for the implementation of responsible design in design education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationThe Value of Design & Engineering Education in a Knowledge Age
EditorsLyndon Buck, Erik Bohemia, Hilary Grierson
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume22
ISBN (Print)978-1-912254-10-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education 2020: The Value of Design & Engineering Education in a Knowledge Age - VIA Design, Herning, Denmark
Duration: 10 Sep 202012 Sep 2020
Conference number: 22
https://doi.org/10.35199/EPDE.2020

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education 2020
Abbreviated titleEPDE
CountryDenmark
CityHerning
Period10/09/2012/09/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • Responsible design
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Scenario development
  • Practical turn
  • Product Impact Tool

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Cultivating Responsible Design with the Product Impact Tool'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Eggink, W. (2020). Cultivating Responsible Design with the Product Impact Tool. In L. Buck, E. Bohemia, & H. Grierson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: The Value of Design & Engineering Education in a Knowledge Age (Vol. 22, pp. 1-6). [1108] The Design Society. https://doi.org/10.35199/EPDE.2020.3