This page will step you through the design stages and help you achieve a functional, sustainable, and beautiful design outcome.

Designers must consider several principles including the function, life-cycle, purpose, materiality, sustainability, beauty, and social impacts of a piece. As a student designer, these projects are early experiments in communicating your values in the built environment. What's more important the look of a piece or where/what the material is? Is form or durability more critical? Skill or speed? By working through these questions and understanding what you value, your individual design voice will begin to emerge.

Although the stages explained below are written sequentially, it is important to be aware that the design process is not a linear exercise as all elements of the process are to be considered and reconsidered, tested and reevaluated over and over.

Product Design

Product design is the process of identifying a market opportunity, clearly defining the problem, developing a solution through the process of imagining, creating and iterating products and validating the solution with end-users.

This may be for your own personal use, ie. requiring a work desk for your home to suit personal work needs and spacial restrictions etc. Or recognising a specific need in the market and developing a new product to resolve problems for people by using both empathy and knowledge of the prospective customers’ habits, behaviours, frustrations, needs, and wants.

Design thinking is a reflection of the past, the present and the future. Many different opinions and schools of thought exist and, as a result, a range of design philosophies have developed over time.

Please continue reading to obtain a greater understanding of how these design elements will impact your design making process at the MSD Workshop and ultimately your final product.

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