Factors Affecting Design and the Development and Success of Design Projects

Chapter 13
Factors affecting design and the development and success of design projects

Appropriate of the design solution
The design solution must be in context with the problem. The outcome of the design process – the resulting product, system or environment – must consider the end user and the environment in which it is to be used. It must perform the task for which it was designed efficiently whilst taking into account how and where it will be used and by whom.

The need identified may present itself as a problem experienced by consumers that may be solved by designing a new or improved product.

Needs Analysis
In-depth exploration of the needs and wants of the target market. Used to establish a genuine need or opportunity and ensure that the design solution is in response to that need.

Function refers the ability of a product to repeatedly perform the task for which it was designed.

Aesthetics refers to the physical appearance of a product and its visual appeal to the target market. Age, gender, socio-economic background and current trends are some factors, which will influence the acceptance of the aesthetic appearance of a product.

Finance refers to the monetary costs associated with all phases of the development of a product from designing to research and development, establishing and maintaining manufacturing processes, product distribution and ongoing advertising/marketing costs.

A person who sets up and manages new commercial enterprises to make a profit.

Ergonomics may be defined as the relationship between the human user and their physical or work environment. It is the process of designing workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them.

Occupational health and safety (OHS)
Occupational health and safety (OHS) refers to both the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace. Employees have the right to a safe...