Invigorating Industrial Design Materials and Manufacturing Education

Materials and manufacturing are vitally important subjects for industrial designers, being the means by which virtual products are turned to physical reality. Historically materials and manufacturing education has been dominated by engineering approaches, which often are too technical and poorly suited to the human-centred concerns of industrial designers. For example, materials selection for product function/performance is well established, but selection for product expression/personality is underdeveloped. Recently a body of new research has emerged taking a humanistic perspective to the selection of materials for industrially manufactured products. The common point is to articulate ways in which designers can use materials to affect people's experiences of products on aesthetic, meaning and emotional levels, within a wider context of product differentiation, branding, and other commercial imperatives. Accompanying this new body of research is a need to examine implications for industrial design materials and manufacturing education. This article presents a case for pedagogical change, to achieve better alignment with current and future practices of industry. Research data were derived from literature reviews, analysis of interview data with designers, and a case study to develop and evaluate materials and manufacturing training on the undergraduate industrial design programme at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Four educational initiatives are proposed to invigorate industrial design materials and manufacturing education: (i) echo professional practices regarding the range of subjects taught and the contexts for decision-making; (ii) develop understanding of materials experience, focusing especially on sensorial and intangible qualities of materials and embracing technical and non-technical languages to teach material properties; (iii) use material and product samples as teaching resources and consider adopting 'learning through making' strategies; and (iv) instil systematic material selection methods for both utilitarian and expressive uses of materials.


The influence of digital technologies on the interaction of design and manufacturing processes
Çıngı, Güney; Ünay, Ali İhsan; Department of Architecture (2006)
This study aims to analyze and evaluate the influence of digital technologies on the inter-action of design and manufacturing processes by representing an outlook of digital tech-nologies through developments in modeling capabilities, manufacturing techniques, mate-rial science, and design strategies. The digital era reached by the technological developments in different fields of sci-ence influenced the field of architecture, just like the others. Thus, a new kind of spa-tial and tectonic quality in archit...
Exploring augmented reality technology as a design representation tool for enhancing the product development process in industrial design education
Karadoğaner, Alper; Börekçi, Naz Ayşe Güzide Z.; Department of Industrial Design (2020-9)
Design representation tools are among the most important mediums for industrial design students in the product development process. Students use these tools to explain their products and product aspects, such as form and mechanism, during their presentations in desk crits and juries in order to get feedback from the tutors and continue with design development. Desk crits are seen as a powerful and central medium of design studio education, in which design students interact with the tutors. Design repr...
Influence of Stakeholders on Industrial Design Materials and Manufacturing Selection
Pedgley, Owaın Francıs (2009-04-01)
Surprisingly little is reported on the pragmatic influence of project stakeholders on industrial designers' selection of product materials and manufacturing processes. This paper reports on a descriptive scoping study that revealed these influences as critical in making effective selection decisions. Using interview and case study methods, the study elicited the professional practices of industrial designers. These are analysed in the paper, leading to the formation of a four-way stakeholder description of ...
Appraisal of augmented reality technologies for supporting industrial design practices
Topal, Basak; Şener Pedgley, Bahar (2015-01-01)
Having become widespread and easily accessible with the rapid advancements in technology, augmented reality (AR) offers potential uses for industrial designers, especially for design students. Some design stages, during which traditional tools and methods are used, may not fully communicate the total experience that a product offers. AR can provide a digital layer in which designers can present information and make their presentations more interactive. With this aim in mind, design practice fieldwork with t...
The Relation between the professional culture of industrial designers and their experiences in professional life
Hatunoğlu, Doğan Can; Kaygan, Pınar; Department of Industrial Design (2019)
With the global developments in the fields of innovation and technology, the industrial design profession is continuously expanding its definition. By not only creating or enhancing products but also services, and systems; industrial design operates in mostly manufacturing related industries such as; furniture, white goods, and electronic appliances. Today, the profession’s continuously increasing importance and place in the market attract the attention of these companies. Because manufacturing companies ar...
Citation Formats
O. F. Pedgley, “Invigorating Industrial Design Materials and Manufacturing Education,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 339–360, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: