Improved Application of Design Methodology: Taking Man-Induced Disturbances into Account

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Hinsch, Malte Sebastian; Heller, Jan Erik
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Chair and Institute for Engineering Design, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 022-027
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


To support design engineers and managers in product development, many approaches exist. Their success most generally relies equally on man’s knowledge and ingenuity. Likewise, human attributes tend to disturb theoretically well-working approaches. The resulting quality and sustainability of product development processes is thus diminished. Suggestions to improve existing Systematic Engineering Design approaches are given after three approaches have been introduced and analyzed considering specific weaknesses. Interviews with company officials proving the relevance of this examination are summarized. Practical relevance and effectiveness of suggested solutions is demonstrated in a large field study with junior engineers. Suggestions how to improve engineering design education are given.

Keywords: Design education in practice, design methodology in education, design education and industry, creativity in design education


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