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Client-centred design evolution via functional prototyping

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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Deon J.
dc.contributor.author Campbell, R. Ian
dc.contributor.author Truscott, Michele
dc.contributor.author Barnard, Ludrick J.
dc.contributor.author Booysen, Gerrie J.
dc.contributor.other Inderscience: International Journal of Product Development
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-22T09:26:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-22T09:26:13Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1477-9056
dc.identifier.issn 1741-8178
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/731
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The product design process involves communication of potential design solutions to customers. Fully functional prototypes are most suitable for this because they are readily accepted and allow simultaneous evaluation of all design criteria. However, they are often seen as expensive, time-consuming and not fully representative of the final product material. Therefore, they are usually reserved for customer validation of the final design rather than to keep them involved in every product evolution iteration. This research proposes that rapid prototypes should be used to facilitate a method referred to as Customer Interaction through Functional Prototypes (CIFP). An action research methodology was employed to test the efficacy of applying this method to a real-world product design brief. Customers were able to fully evaluate the aesthetic, ergonomic and functional parameters of the product during every design iteration. This resulted in accelerated product development, sensitivity to the client's needs, a new dimension of 'natural' communication and a successful product design. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Inderscience: International Journal of Product Development
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Product Development;Volume 8, Issue 1
dc.subject product design en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject rapid prototypes en_US
dc.subject customer involvement en_US
dc.subject design evolution en_US
dc.subject functional prototyping en_US
dc.subject action research en_US
dc.subject aesthetics en_US
dc.subject ergonomics en_US
dc.subject functionality en_US
dc.subject product development en_US
dc.subject client needs en_US
dc.subject design process en_US
dc.title Client-centred design evolution via functional prototyping en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder International Journal of Product Development

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