D-Tool has been created to help support decision making during the design of products. The tool employs a product assessment spider web with eight indicators that draw attention to key considerations for the evaluation of concepts and re-design of existing products. D-Tool is a card based toolkit which highlights factors required for appropriate product design. This will be used in parallel with Human Centred Design and Design Thinking methods.
The data on which the tool has its origins in PhD research (awarded in 2015) that included the analysis of 64 products; a survey of 34; interviews with 19 product designers working for leading charities; a case study with a social enterprise in Myanmar; and evaluation during a live project in a leading design school. The data generated was thematically analysed during post-doctoral research to create the tool which supports designers and NGOs during the product development process by providing information on Contextualisation (with which some may be unfamiliar); analysis (via a series of Indicators); successful Case Studies; and guidance on how to generate a spiderweb diagram for Concept Selection, Product Re-design and Product Assessment.
Citation : Whitehead, T. and Evans, M. (2016) D-Tool. Loughborough University. 2016
Research Group : Design and New Product Development
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- School of Design