Research and design for a material sample information system appropriate to industrial design students

Akın, Izzettin Fazıl
The material of a product is one of the most important elements of product design that an industrial designer considers. It is also a major aspect of product innovation. Unfortunately, most of today’s material selection systems have been built on a technical basis and with an engineering perspective on product design. Current research shows that a physical environment allowing industrial designers to interact with material samples would greatly enhance designers’ material judgements and expertise and, therefore, the quality of subsequent product designs. Such an environment is argued to require different types of material samples and, in addition, to provide access to supplementary sample information that can support industrial designers’ decision-making. Different levels of materials information detail are required for different design phases. The information needed in the concept generation phase of a product is not the same as in the finalization stage. Furthermore, design students have different material information needs than design professionals. Through the thesis, existing material sample environments and sample tagging solutions, along with related literature, are explored and different types of information systems are analyzed to arrive at a set of specifications for a material sample information system appropriate to industrial design students, during the concept generation phase of a product. Utilizing a research through design approach, a solution for a material sample information system is proposed and justified against the developed design specifications.


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Citation Formats
I. F. Akın, “Research and design for a material sample information system appropriate to industrial design students,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.