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Design & Technology

Product analysis and design

Successful product design depends on asking the right questions about the proposed product. It is influenced by external factors such as what consumers want or need and features made possible by new materials or technologies.

Roles in product design

The client

The client employs the designer and sets the brief for the designer to work to. The client decides whether the product can go into production.

The designer

The designer plans the design of the product, and presents product ideas and prototypes [protoype: A full size working model of a design used for testing, development and evaluation. ] to the client. The designer needs to understand the market into which the product is to be sold.

The manufacturer

The manufacturer advises on the planning of manufacture. This means choosing the most effective method of production and the best organisation of equipment and people. The manufacturer also decides the best way to quality control the production process.

The user

The user is the person who the product is designed for. The product should meet their needs. Users want good quality products at a price they can afford.

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