Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)
PROJECT IN TECHNICAL DESIGNIDEF20

Higher education credits: 10. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Compulsory for: MD3. Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Per Liljeqvist, Per.Liljeqvist@design.lth.se, Industridesign. Assessment: The grades awarded range from 5 to 3 wherein 3 equals “passed”, depending on attendance, participation, quality of development, completion of home assignments, final presentation and result(s). Further information: The course is based on lectures and project work with recurring supervision. The course ends with an oral presentation, analysis and group criticism. The project is also presented in written form. Home page: http://www.ide.lth.se.

Aim
To plan and conduct (in groups) a basic industrial design project by applying previously acquired skills.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to analyse the scenario(s) related to a chosen product in order to identify related demands and develop an innovative product, using their previously acquired knowledge of the creative process. Aesthetical and communicative aspects shall be incorporated; the result will be presented as model, 3D visualisation and a written report.

Contents
The course commences with an introduction, presenting a given case; defining the starting point for a design project relating to the demands analysed and defined. The theoretical and methodological aspects will be applied to and accompanied by practical exercises using new design methods and creative techniques so as to develop a design solution to the initial problem. Previously acquired skills such as sketching, computer aided drawing/illustration and model making will be included alongside marketing related aspects (user polls, target group definitions, mood-boarding, etc).

Literature
Jordan J. P. 2000. Designing pleasurable products. An introduction to the new human factors. Taylor & Francis, UK.