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Toepassing van future concepts : ontwikkeling en implementatie van een model

Gelpke, R. (2015) Toepassing van future concepts : ontwikkeling en implementatie van een model.

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Abstract:Stevens idé partners is a design company from Enschede that focuses among other things on machine design. Future concepts are being used to arouse interest among clients in further development and cooperation. In these future concepts, trends in the market are being analysed and applied to conceptual design proposals. Clients have responded very positively to these future concepts, but have shown to struggle with projecting the designs onto their own products. For these clients it’s necessary to provide client specific future concepts. However, following the current design process, this is not economically feasible. To be able to approach these clients anyway, a more efficient version of the current design process will be developed. A setup for a design model has already been framed. This bachelor assignment has started out with describing this model in detail. In order to do this, the theory behind the model has been researched, the stakeholders are discussed and the new context of the model is investigated. From this analysis it became clear that the model was missing an important element. This shortcoming has been removed by adding corporate identity to the model. With this, the client is analysed. The new design model starts with analysing the general corporate structure and identity of the client. Secondly, the competition is investigated and the design trends in the client’s market are identified. The identity of the client and the found trends are combined and applied to a redesign of the client’s product. The new design model has been tested with a case study. This has shown that the design model provides a time reduction with regard to the current design process. Therefore the model is validated. To realise this time reduction, however, it was necessary to study the underlying theory of the model. A design tool has been developed to make sure the users, which lack this knowledge of underlying theory, can benefit from the model as well. This tool can function as a guideline for the future concept process that can be used voluntarily. The design tool is basically an interactive roadmap with a number of supporting files and a database. The design tool encourages the user to reuse previous findings. It also specifies the intended results and gives examples to visualize these. With these aspects the waste of time is minimized and all of the work is done in order to reach the target. The database will be complemented every time a future concept is developed. As a result the design tool will become increasingly helpful for the user. With the use of this design tool, interns at Stevens idé partners can follow a large portion of the process autonomously. The design tool has been implemented into the structure of Stevens idé partners. In the near future they will start using it. The design tool has been constructed in a way that it is easily adjustable to make sure the design tool will remain useful in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:21 art forms
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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