New ways of integrating material knowledge into the design process

DS 75-6: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.6: Design Information and Knowledge, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Højris, Anders; Møller, Louise
Series: ICED
Institution: Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
Page(s): 093-100
ISBN: 978-1-904670-49-0
ISSN: 2220-4334


dge about materials into the design process. This means that the traditional design process model, where the selection of materials takes place after the design of form and function – based on technical performance, no longer apply. Accordingly the approach in this paper is to view information about materials through the perspective of organizational memory and technology brokering.
This paper is build upon two cases from the design studio: designaffairs GmbH. The study reveals how the designers use socio-cultural tendencies to select specific materials before the products form and function are designed. The materials are selected based on the visual and haptic qualities of the materials rather than technical data. One of the cases further illustrates three types of material search strategies, which the designers apply in the early phases of the design process.

Keywords: Industrial design, innovation, knowledge management, material library, trend analysis


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