DS 80-4 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 4: Design for X, Design to X, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Serena Graziosi
Author: Hwang, Dongwook; Park, Woojin
Series: ICED
Institution: Seoul National University, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 081-090
ISBN: 978-1-904670-67-4
ISSN: 2220-4334


Product portability is defined as a product s ability to be easily and safely carried and be used in a variety of situations without increasing the user s effort and workload. Product portability can greatly enhance human experience during product use, and, thus, is set to be a design goal in many design pro projects. Despite the importance, however, systematic methods that guide realizing portability during the product concept design stage do not seem available at this time. To address the lack of design tools, this study presents a set of ready-to-use design heuristics for realizing product portability and a new brainstorming-based design method that utilizes the design heuristics. An example design problem and solution alternatives developed on the basis of the design heuristics and the design method are presented for the illustration purpose. The portability design heuristics are expected to greatly facilitate creating various portable systems.

Keywords: Conceptual Design, Design Methodology, Design Methods, Design Heuristics, Product Portability


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