Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design / Edition 4

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Written in a clear and readable style by an experienced author of teaching texts, Engineering Design Methods is an integrated design textbook that presents specific methods within an overall strategy from concept to detail design. It also outlines the nature of design thinking, and sets it within broader contexts of product development and design process management. The book is much more than a manual of procedures; throughout, there is discussion and explication of the principles and practice of design. Building on the outstanding success of the previous three editions, this new edition cements the position of Engineering Design Methods at the forefront of engineering and industrial design as an essential text not only for students and lecturers but also for practitioners. The book promotes a flexible approach to the design process, and provides explicit, step-by-step advice on how to implement several separate design methods that have been shown to be of value in both education and practice. This revised fourth edition -
• promotes a flexible approach to the design process,
• provides explicit, step-by-step advice on how to implement several separate design methods that have been shown to be of value in both education and practice,
• contains new case studies and examples from industry that further broaden the scope of the book from engineering design into product design,
• includes a significant new chapter presenting user scenarios; a procedure for investigating potential product user wants and needs, that culminates in a design brief identifying an opportunity for developing a new product concept,
• features a book companion website with powerpoint slides for instructors.

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Editorial Reviews

Offers a strategic approach for designing successful products, for use by students of engineering design and industrial design. Emphasis is on design of products that have an engineering content, and on the conceptual and embodiment stages of design. Part I introduces design, Part II presents design methods, and Part III puts methods in a wider context of managing the overall design process, and the role of design within the business process of planning and developing new products. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. This third edition contains new chapters on design ability and product development. Cross is affiliated with The Open University, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470519264
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,268,847
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Nigel Cross is a leading international figure in the world of design research and methodology. He is a long-time member of the academic staff of the UK's pioneering, multimedia Open University, where he has been involved in developing a wide range of distance-education courses in design,. He has also held visiting appointments in The Netherlands, Australia and the USA. His research interests are principally in understanding the nature of design ability, and the development of design skill from novice to expert. Professor Cross is also editor-in-chief of Design Studies, the international journal of design research.

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Table of Contents

About the Author.



Part One: Understanding Design.

1. The Nature of Design.

Design Activities.

Design Problems.

Problem Structures.

2. Design Ability.

What Designers Say.

How Designers Think.

Learning to Design.

3. The Design Process.

Descriptive Models.

Prescriptive Models.

An Integrative Model.

Part Two: Doing Design.

4. New Design Procedures.

Systematic Procedures.

Design Methods.

Creative Methods.

Rational Methods.

5. Identifying Opportunities.

The User Scenarios Method.

6. Clarifying Objectives.

The Objectives Tree Method.

7. Establishing Functions.

The Function Analysis Method.

8. Setting Requirements.

The Performance Specification Method.

9. Determining Characteristics.

The Quality Function Deployment Method.

10. Generating Alternatives.

The Morphological Chart Method.

11. Evaluating Alternatives.

The Weighted Objectives Method.

12. Improving Details.

The Value Engineering Method.

Part Three: Managing Design.

13. Design Strategies.

What is a Design Strategy?

Frameworks for Action.

Strategy Control.

Setting Strategies and Choosing Tactics.

14. Product Development.

Product Design.

Product Planning.

Product Innovation.



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