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Title: Technological capability in design
Authors: Norman, E.W.L.
Riley, Joyce
Issue Date: 1988
Publisher: © Trentham Books Ltd
Citation: NORMAN, E.W.L. and RILEY, J., 1988. Technological capability in design. Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology, 20 (3), pp. 154-162
Abstract: One of the cornerstones of the BA Honours degree programme for Design and Technology at Loughborough is the belief that each student should develop a personal capability to use technolgy. This capability, once developed, can be utilised in all the students' design projects and gives and added dimension to their creativity. A recent article by George Hicks and HMI' puts forward the view that: , ... as a society we depend on those with technological capability to produce goods and services for our benefit, as well as to provide a network of systems that underpin other industries. Such people also have a responsibility to maintain and develop that capability continuously and to invent processes that open up new possibilities'. The products needed in a Western nation will span the range from table mats to supersonic aircraft. In 1977 the Design Council evolved a model of the product design spectrum which indicated the level of industrial and engineering design in each type of product. Figure I shows a slightly modified representation of this product design spectrum indicating sample products in each of three regions. For the products in region C the design considerations are mainly aesthetic. Industrial designers and craftsmen using inherited and adapted skills of craft-based design and manufacture have produced products for which technology is secondary to other considerations such as appearance, ergonomics and material suitability.
Description: This is an article from the serial, Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology [© Trentham Books Ltd]. It is also available at: https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/SDEC/issue/archive
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6470
ISSN: 0305 766
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