• Design Criteria



    When considering the design criteria for the potential product, I will be focusing on the following things...

    Form: personally, a very important piece of criteria for me. Form is what attracts the consumer to the product and creates a desire for the product. The form would definitely have to relation to the function, as form follows function.

    Function: the function of the product would have to achieve its purpose. It would have to accomplish whatever task it's meant to, as well as solve the particular social issue that I will be focusing on.

    Ergonomics: the universality of the design is also important. Left or right-handed users will be considered. It would have to be comfortable and not create any stress during the use of it.

    Ease of Use: whether the product is intuitive upon first glance and doesn't require much energy to figure out how to operate it.

    Color & Material: the color and material of the product also plays a large role. This criteria also can tie into the others such as ergonomics. Depending on which materials is chosen, it can create or lack comfort. It would also have to create a representation of what the product is intended for, or create a type of metaphor related to the topic.

    Size & Portability: the size and portability of the product is also a criterion that will be focused on. The product would need to be something that is easily transportable not only for manufacturing reasons but even when it is in the hands of the consumer. It's not to be difficult for the consumer to bring around if it requires that they carry it on them.

    Price: pricing of the product would relate back to the manufacturing as well as the material choice. Typically, the cheaper the product the better because then it is able tor each a larger group of consumers and communities, not being exclusive to those that are better off than others.

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    Hi Brian, Have you decided to focus on the wireless electricity idea? I think that could be quite cool, and could lead to the creation of a product that fits these preliminary criteria. I was taking a look again at the article in Popular Science that you cited. Would it be possible, based on what you know about this technology, to create medical devices and other very small, low power devices, that relied on this method for transmitting power in cases where it is inconvenient (or impossible) to replace a battery? Like the inside of your body? There must be tons of articles and websites out there deal with various applications of this technology. I would love to see you pull off a really well-researched thesis which presents a portable, affordable, easy-to-use, ergonomically clever design that demonstrates a great new application for "Witricity" Thanks for turning me on that.

    By the way, would you mind if I referred other students to your Design Criteria posting? I am afraid that many people will not know what to do with this assignment, since they haven't yet decided on their product. I like the way you just jumped in and listed a bunch of criteria that you tend to think about. This is a great way to stimulate your creative juices, I find, and I would like to suggest that people take this same approach, if they have not yet decided.


  • In response to witricity, posted by steven landau,
    in the thread Design Criteria


    sure, steven. feel free to use it! buuut i don't think i'm the person you're thinking about with the wireless electricity idea. my two proposals were china invading tibet and e-waste in india and china.

  • In response to hm?, posted by Brian Lin,
    in the thread Design Criteria

    Brian , My apologies. I had you mixed up with a different student. But, I would still like to use your Design Criteria as an example, if that's OK. steven

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