Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

November 30, 2007

Design Requirements and Specifications

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 3:37 pm

In order for the designer to produce a design which meets the requirements of the user they must fully understand what is needed and the constraints that there might be on the products design.

Here are some examples of some things that might have to be considered:

  1. Cost
  2. Materials
  3. Dimensions
  4. Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
  5. Methods of constructions
  6. Transport
  7. Safety
  8. Standards
  9. User groups
  10. Environment

Can you think of other things that you might have to consider if you were the designer?

The Specifications are the ‘rules’ under which the design is going to be produced. Both the designer and the user need to ensure that the specification is correct.

For example if you are going to by a shirt to wear to school, it needs to meet the requirements of the uniform code. So if the code says ‘formal tailored blue, white or grey shirt with sleeves and a colar’ and you buy a shirt with red stripes, no sleeves and is a casual styled shirt you are likely to fall foul of the dress code police!

The same thing applies to design, if you don’t meet the specification the product is unlike to do what it is expected or required to do.

Make sure the specification is correct and appropriate (this applies to your coursework as well as your understanding for your exam.)


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