The Design Process is Purposeful

Report
Attributes of Design
ETP 2005 – Dan Houston
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.
0402616. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material
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Everyone can design
solutions to a problem.
Design is a creative process
The Design Process
 Purposeful
method of planning
practical solutions to problems.
The Design Process is
Purposeful
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Must have a purpose
Solve a Problem
 Meet a Need
 Develop a New Product
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Design is a creative planning
process that leads to useful
products and systems.
There is no Perfect Design
Requirements for Design
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What are the Specifications
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What must the Solution do?
What are the Limitations
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(Constraints)
Requirements for Design
 Desired
elements
 Features of a Product of System
 Limits placed on design
The Design Process
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Defining a Problem
Brainstorming
Researching
Generating Ideas
Identifying Criteria
Specifying Constraints
Exploring Possibilities
Selecting an Approach
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Design Proposal
Models and
Prototypes
Testing
Refining
Production
Processes and
Results
Design Problems
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Seldom presented in a clearly defined
form.
Requirements of a Design
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Criteria
Constraints
Efficiency

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