Designing on the road: exploring the who, where and why of individual mobility devices

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Pieta van der Molen, Mascha C. van der Voort

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    The aim of this study is to support designers in dealing with the variety of situations in which product are used, so-called dynamic and diverse use situations (DDUS). Dealing with varying use situations in the design process is difficult because it is hard to predict the situations in which a product will be used, to anticipate what will happen when the product encounters those situations and to generate solutions for conflicting requirements. A retrospective case study of three design projects in practice furthermore showed that knowledge of DDUS often remains implicit and is not shared between members of a product development team. We therefore developed a set of guidelines to support designers and design teams when dealing with DDUS in the design process. The basic principle of the guidelines is that existing design activities are used to create and apply an explicit 'frame of reference of product use'€™ which makes DDUS and their relation to use issues explicit. In this paper we explain these guidelines and show its application to the design of an individual mobility device.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13)
    Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, Vol.9: Design Methods and Tool
    EditorsUdo Lindemann, V. Srinivasan, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
    PublisherThe Design Society
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-52-0
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2013
    Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 19


    Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
    Abbreviated titleICED
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


    • METIS-303220
    • IR-91182


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