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Guidelines for a materials selection source for industrial design activity : a survey on the expectations of Turkish designers

Karana, Elvin
This thesis focuses on the material selection process in industrial design activity and existing material selection sources particularly used by industrial designers. Therefore, in this study, the knowledge about materials the designers need, and materials selection sources and the methods they use are explored. The aim is, to propose guidelines for a materials selection source basing on the designers̕ needs and expectations from such a guide. The thesis consists of a critical review of the literature on existing materials sources and a field study conducted with 20 industrial designers practicing in Turkey.