4 cr, 8 ECTS
School of Design, UIAH
Instructor: Ilpo Koskinen, mail: ikoskine (at) uiah.fi
Office hours: Tuesday 13-14
NEW May 10: Spring 2006: papers are here!
NEW May 11: Ilpo's final notes for the class.
Ilpo's notes from presentations:
New: Products/initial selection (added: Apr. 20)// Hypotheses (with my comments) (added: Apr. 20)
April 15: New (Apr. 20): Instructions for contacting Nokia designers
* Guidelines for selecting the product
* Guidelines for Product Deconstruction
* Guidelines for Designer Interviews
- Paula Bello on Goodscapes (note: 1.2 MB) (check her longer paper from the design research pages.)
- Ilpo's notes of Turkka Keinonen's lecture
The objective of the course is to deepen students' understanding of different ways to evaluate design products including recognizing relevant evaluation approaches and criteria, learning to choose methods to collect and analyse information and learning design writing skills.
Content: the search and definition of the evaluation perspectives of a design
- The evaluation of the product in practical, productional, commercial and/or in cultural context.
- The definition of the user segment, tarket market, technology base, maturity of the product category, style of the designer e.g. other essential attributes that describe design.
- To plan and complete the necessary studies for the analysis, such as the interviews and observations.
- Discussions with the designers of the chosen product, documentation of the project and final presentation.
Readings can be found in the library. Working methods are lectures, teamwork,essay writing / multimedia presentation. Instruction language is English.
Evaluation scale: 0-5.
23.3. Introduction: the aims, structure, organization of the class
Background lecture: Paula Bello. Turkka Keinonen. Creating a model for the class.
13.4. Lecture: guidelines Guidelines for interviewing designers.
Independent work 13.4.-4.5.: you are supposed to interview designers during this period.
Feedback/tutoring by contacting me: I am available in my officefor help. Contact through e-mail if nothing else works!
4.5. Feedback/tutoring day: IK is available in the class
11.5. Note 10-12! Final presentation: Students present their findings about designer interviews and other analysis. Discussion. Debate. Comparing empirical results to hypothesis: evaluating the latter.
18.5. Feedback (optional, depending on whether you are still around): IK gives feedback to students and they to him. Students are invited to participate, but no presence is required.
The final presentation has to be written and illuatrated. However, as long
as it is written and coherent, you can submit your work in any format you like,
ranging from video to multimedia presentation. Innovative methods to communicate
work is strongly encouraged.
* Get paper template from here.
Optional readings are available in the library - or on this Web site. Ask “Product Deconstruction” from the counter.
1 --- Vertical process:
- for a clear statement of the vertical process, check from the library: Ulrich, Karl T. & Steven D. Eppinger 2003. Product Design and Development. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- COPY IN LIBRARY: for a classic dedsign statement of a ystematic method, see Jones, J.C. 1984. A Method of Systematic Design. In Cross, Nigel (ed.) Developments in Design Methodology. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
2 --- Horizontal process:
- for a systematic but still creative design process, check from the library: Tom Kelley 2001. The Art of Innovation. New York: Doubleday. Kelley tells about IDEO in this book.
- "Wicked problems": intro. COPY IN LIBRARY: Rittel, Horst W.J. and Melvin Webber Planning Problems are Wicked Problems. In Cross, Nigel (ed.) Developments in Design Methodology. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
3 --- Historical process:
- for Turkka's historical process, browse the Volvo case from this book in the library: Karjalainen, Toni-Matti 2004. Semantic Transformation in Design: Communicating Strategic Brand Identity through Product Design References. Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki, 2004
© IK -- March 8, 2006
Product Deconstruction: Site for 2005.