DS 80-9 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 9: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical systems, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Royo, Marta; Mulet, Elena; Galán, Julia; Felip, Francisco; García-García, Carlos
Series: ICED
Institution: Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Section: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical Systems
Page(s): 311-320
ISBN: 978-1-904670-72-8
ISSN: 2220-4334


It is expected that in the near future new products that would be able to adapt to different usage scenarios in order be more used will increase. For example, nowadays new modular smartphones are being develop that will be able to adapt to future needs of the user reducing the frequency of substitution of an old product for a new one. The authors argue that this approach could be applied to more products and it could be extended in practice with the appropriate knowledge and methods. The aim of this communication is to analyse the perception of future designers about the advantages of these products. To assess this a workshop has been done in which a smartphone is compared with a modular mobile phone, a new sports bag that adapts to be used in winter and summer is conceptualised and an opinion questionnaire is asked in different phases of the workshop. The conclusions obtained show that they perceive the products that adapt to different scenarios as better in terms of frequency of use, use and saving of materials and adaptability. So, providing appropriate information about this approach opens the designers minds and make them start thinking about products that can be more used.

Keywords: Scenarios Integration, Sustainability, User-Centered Design, New Product Development


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