Exploring design for dynamic use

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

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Products that are used by varying users, for varying purposes in varying contexts (dynamic and diverse use situations) are difficult to design because it is hard to predict the situations in which the product will be used and consequently what this requires from the design. In our research we develop guidelines and the Envisioning Use workshop to support designers in dealing with dynamic use. The basic idea of both support tools is that an overview of possible users, goals and contexts serves as an evolving frame of reference for use evaluations in the design process. In the course ‘Design for Dynamic Use’ of the master Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) of the University of Twente students applied the developed workshop and guidelines to the design of a carrier bike for a real client. This paper describes the application and evaluation of the workshop technique by students. From this can be concluded that the workshop results in a structured view on the broadness of use situations and use issues. Therefore it is a valuable tool in setting the basis for a frame of reference of product use. For research purposes, a company was involved in the project to provide a real case. While this led to useful research results, students benefited from the collaboration as well by being able to do an exercise in a realistic design context and learning how to deal with client demands. Moreover, the company benefited from the involvement in education by gaining new ideas and insights
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 69: Proceedings of E&PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, London, UK, 08.-09.09.2011
EditorsA. Kovacevic, W. Ion, C. McMahon, L. Buck, P. Hogarth
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherThe Design Society
ISBN (Print)9781904670339
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2011
Event13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E&PDE 2011: Design Education for Creativity and Business Innovation - London City University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011
Conference number: 13

Publication series

PublisherDesign Society


Conference13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E&PDE 2011
Abbreviated titleE&PDE
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • METIS-278297
  • IR-82018

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