Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 9. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Industrial Design. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. IDEA40 overlaps following cours/es: IDE062 and IDEA75. Compulsory for: KID2. Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt,, Industrial Design. 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: In addition to theoretical lectures, the course is based on exercises under supervision, with the aim to learn about methods. The exercises are completed with oral presentations, analysis and critics - individually or in a group. The finishing project is presented both orally and written form. Home page:

To learn and apply essential principles of design methodology in industrial design.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to understand the complexity of the product design process through the application of all methods that cover the entire professional design process. A report shall be composed and written; the lecturer will determine its form.

The course starts with an introduction to design methodology, meaning an overview of methods for analysis and structuring in the design process. Various methods of planning and problem analysis will be taught so as to enable the student to commence with the design process. 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.)

Jan Landqvist: “Vilda idéer och djuplodande analys. Om designmetodikens grunder”, Carlsson Bokförlag, ISBN 9172033916
Bryan Lawson: “How Designers Think”, Architectural Press, ISBN 0750660775
Pat Jordan: “Designing Pleasurable Products”, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0415298873
Lynn Haller and Cheryl Dangel Cullen: “Design Secrets: Products 2: 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered”, Rockport Publishers, ISBN 1592530710
Clive Grinyer: “Smart Design: Products That Change Our Lives”, RotoVision, ISBN 2880465249
Systems Analysis And Design Methods, 7th Edition
Lonnie D. Bentley, Jeffrey L. Whitten, Gary Randolph
Jones, John Christopher, Design Methods (John Wiley & Sons Inc., August 1, 1992), 2nd edition (Van Nostrand Reinhold, August 1, 1992)
Jones, John Christopher, Designing Designing (London: Architecture Design and Technology Press), 1991