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THE DESIGN PROCESS - CONCISE VERSION

V. Ryan 2010 - 12

 

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Below is a concise version of the Design Process. This version is based on producing a design folder of no more than twenty design sheets, a scaled model and finished product. Unlike the detailed version, the concise version limits the number of design sheets, without compromising the usefulness of the design process.

How has this been achieved? Take for example the Costings Sheet, as seen in the Design Process - Detailed Version. This sheet has been absorbed into the ideas sheet and especially the development sheet of the concise version of the design process. The same has been applied to the environmental sheet and equipment and tools sheet.

The table below outlines the Concise Design Process. It limits the typical design folder to approximately twenty deign sheets.

 

  DESIGN SHEET HAND IN DATE
1. Rich Picture.  
2. Customer Profile or/and My Client  
3. Questionnaire. Survey of potential customers.  
4. Design Problem and Design Brief  
5. Planning (time chart).  
6. Existing Products or Product Comparison.  
OPTIONAL
ALTERNATIVE TO No6
Produce a moodboard based on interviews and discussions with your client and the theme he / she wants you, as a designer, to research.

The Designer and Moodboards - 1
Designer Inspiration and Moodboards - 2
Inspiration / Moodboards and Motifs
 
7. Health and Safety AND letter (or email) to manufacturer/supplier.  
8. Ergonomics. Measurements related to your product. (May not be required if ergonomics is included on the research and development sheets).  
9. Materials  -  either in the form of a table or as a rich picture OR include specific reference to materials in your research, ideas and development design sheets.  
10. Individual Research  - one or two sheets.  
11 Model Evaluation, after the manufacture of an accurate model or models.  
12. Specification (a list of all the important features/functions of your product).  
13. Ideas (four to six designs). Including detailed notes with each design. Could easily be more than one design sheet.  
14. Computer Aided Design sheet. Two CAD drawings with notes.  
15. Development, possibly two sheets. A drawing of your best idea all possible details, joints, circuit, materials, improvements and detailed notes.
16. Developing a Design from a Theme (1)  -  Developing a Design from a Theme (2)  -  Practice Examination Question  -  Sample 'Theme' Development Design Sheet  
17. Production Flow Chart. Stages of manufacture, equipment, quality checks.    
18. Sequence Drawing of manufacture, with notes. You should use your own photographs of your use of manufacturing techniques.  This is vital evidence that you have manufactured your project.
ALTERNATIVELY, consider producing a 'Sketch' Sequence Drawing.
 
19. Working Drawing (including parts list).  
20. Product Testing sheet. Photograph(s) and notes.  
21. Evaluation. Good aspects and improvements, regarding your product.  

 

 
 
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