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Product Design by Paul Rodgers, Alex Milton

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The main stages of product design

In summary:

This chart shows the breakdown of the elements involved in the process of designing and producing a product design. It is important to remember, however, that some stages may occur in a different sequence or may even be omitted altogether, as each product has its own unique set of requirements and the product designer’s role may, as a result, vary.

Research

  • background stage
  • exploratory stage

The brief

  • identifying customer needs
  • completing the Product Design Specification (PDS)

Concept design

  • generation of ideas
  • sketches, drawings, and renderings
  • evaluation of concept

Design development

  • technical drawings
  • prototypes

Detail design

  • exploring materials
  • exploring manufacturing techniques
  • testing ...

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