Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

November 28, 2007

Product Analysis

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 11:06 am

All designers go and look to see what other people have done. This is not cheating, it is using your common sense to understand the good and the not so good points that other products have.

Ask yourself questions about the product and note your findings.

For example:

I have a Maglite Torch. Its great, its totally robust and would be very difficult to break. However it is very heavy so taking it back packing is not clever. However as an ex security guard it is useful for protection (I would not want to have been hit with it). In cold weather its not good to use because the metal case gets very cold and not nice to hold.

Drop it in water or carry it in the rain and there are no problems at all.

As a user you make choices based on function and situation. I have a different torch for back packing.

The Maglie has been copied many times now by other designers. Some of thee copies are good while others are not.

What would make these designs good?

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