what can be learnt by exploring contexts that design solutions are…
what can be learnt by exploring contexts that design solutions are intended for?
consumers may desire products but perhaps due to the affordability cannot have the product.
designers will always try and create a a demand for a product.
when a product is desired but cannot be afforded then it becomes a demand.
environments and surroundings
the settings or surrounding of a product will have an effect on many design decisions. each will have different primary users and stakeholders.
a design solution for a children's play area needs to be safe and use non-toxic finishes.
a design solution for use by the public in a town centre will need to be durable for use in all seasons and designed in a way to be understood and able to be used by a variety of people that may include children, adults, the elderly, or the disabled.
the design solution for use outdoors will need to be suitable for extremes of weather.
the where, who, when and how a product or system is used can affect many design decisions, from the choice of materials or finish to the size or aesthetic appearance.
we consider education and healthcare to be needs
generally, the products which fall under the needs category of products do not require a marketing push. instead the customer wants to buy it.
understanding the users' requirements
most products are used or maintained by humans.
there are many users with a product, obviously the primary user but there will also be stakeholders with an interest.
key stakeholders of office equipment (monitors, keyboards etc...)
office workers (primary user)
clearance maintenance staff
wider stakeholders of office equipment
suppliers of equipment
company director (CEO)
economic and market considerations and product opportunities
to explore and appreciate user requirements, it is always important for any designer to investigate the context their product will be used in and the users' needs, observing how people use products and carry out day-to-day tasks.
you can observe users and find out what the problems with any existing existing solutions are or any problems they have when undertaking a particular task.
at the designing stage it is important to get continuous feedback and carry out user testing with models and prototypes, allowing for further iterations towards an optimum solution.