Malmö University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Material selection: A qualitative case study of five design consultancies
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3). Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8626-9224
Lund University, Sweden.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17): Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017, The Design Society, 2017, Vol. 1, p. 439-448Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This qualitative case study aims at understanding when and how industrial designers, working in design consultancies, engage in activities that will influence material selection in the design process. While the extant literature presents material selection processes as a sequence of activities aimed at finding candidate materials, there is paucity of research on material criteria activities. Formulating material criteria is an activity that is performed during all design phases and they become clearer and more complete throughout the project. For the case studies, explorative semi-structured interviews were conducted with five industrial designers with 10 years of work experience or more. The results suggest (a) that risk management has a major influence on the material selection process, (b) that negotiations of project boundaries in the ‘fuzzy’ pre-design phase has crucial influence on the risk management aspect of the material criteria activities, and (c) a lack of awareness that design briefs usually outline material criteria expressed as sensorial characteristics, which are later translated by engineering into final material criteria used for the material selection process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Design Society, 2017. Vol. 1, p. 439-448
Series
Proceedings of the ... International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4342
Keywords [en]
Design practice, Design process, Design engineering, Case study, Risk management
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-16459ISI: 000455059100045Local ID: 23567ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-16459DiVA, id: diva2:1419973
Conference
International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Vancouver, Canada (2017)
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2023-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. A Material Framework for Product Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Material Framework for Product Design
2018 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A new paradigm is slowly making its way into society, affecting our material practice as designers. Materials selection in design and product development has for a long time been dominated by a purely technical approach, mainly focusing on properties and performance. With the increasing evidence of climate change, waste and pollution, environmental effects, we are slowly realizing that unsustainable consumption of materials is no longer an alternative. Previous studies of material practices, both within design educations and the design profession, has primarily dealt with the development of material related methods. This thesis has focused on gaining an in-depth understanding of material practices within design processes, in order to develop a pedagogical framework that facilitates the development of reflective material practices in design education. There are four primary aims of the research presented in this licentiate thesis: (1) ascertain obstacles in the traditional ways of teaching materials to design students, (2) to bridge the differences in language, research culture and pedagogic approaches in design education, (3) to investigate current professional material practices in industrial design, and (4) to develop a new material framework for teaching reflective material practices for design students. During the project, the material framework has been tested and evaluated in two mandatory material courses with first and second year bachelor students from Product Design education over a period of four academic years. A comparative case study was conducted with five design consultancies. The qualitative interviews were transcribed and analysed using category zooming. The outcomes of this research are: (1) a new pedagogic framework for teaching materials to Product Design students in higher education, and (2) insights into professional practices of selecting and designing with materials. The pedagogic model A Material Framework for Product Design is designed to facilitate the development of reflective material practices in design education. The Framework consist of four levels: (1) a pedagogical foundation based on Experiential Learning theory that provide a framework for how to approach teaching and learning, (2) designing and structuring learning activities, (3) creating learning environments that facilitate learning activities, and (4) defining learning objectives, assessment of learning outcomes and detecting signs of learning. The main insights from the study of professional practices suggest: (1) that risk management has a major influence on the material selection process, (2) that negotiations of project boundaries in the ‘fuzzy’ pre-design phase has crucial influence on the risk management aspect of the material criteria activities, and (3) a lack of awareness, that design briefs usually outline material criteria expressed as sensorial characteristics, which are later translated by engineering into final material criteria used for the material selection process. The findings implies that design students would benefit from developing reflective material practices in design education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Faculty of Engineering and Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, 2018. p. 85
Keywords
experiential learning, material practices in design, pedagogic framework, higher education, product design, material selection, sensorial characteristics, technical properties, material criteria activities, case study
National Category
Design Educational Sciences Other Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-7446 (URN)10.13140/RG.2.2.22693.55527 (DOI)26833 (Local ID)978-91-7753-879-0 (ISBN)978-91-7753-880-6 (ISBN)26833 (Archive number)26833 (OAI)
Presentation
2018-10-19, DC:3044, IKDC, Sölveg.26, Lund, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1428 kB)97 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1428 kBChecksum SHA-512
4f33084b500699ab9cba12fe5e643c726eb33b7369c5a5d97a724f3a941074d2cf0899d42a3c3200e9bf9579c4571ca0682aa5af9d62d553900d498642c1ec9b
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

https://www.designsociety.org/publication/39543/material_selection-a_qualitative_case_study_of_five_design_consultancies

Authority records

Asbjørn Sörensen, Charlotte

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Asbjørn Sörensen, Charlotte
By organisation
School of Arts and Communication (K3)
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 97 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 43 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf