I’m not an Engineer: Applying Engineering Concepts in Industrial Design Education

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The relationship between design and engineering is often misunderstood by our first-year industrial design students, who, at this level, often see it with a clear divide. In a product design-related process, the engineering aspect is often the developmental entry point; at its most basic level, any good product comes down to function — how well it works or accomplishes the task developed for. After function comes reliability — the ability to accomplish its intended purpose consecutively and throughout its lifespan or intended lifecycle. These two stages are followed by usability, interaction (e.g., comfort, ease of use, learning curve), and aesthetics. Each stage of this hierarchy requires information from different areas (e.g., engineering, human factors, design) to nurture a well-thought-out solution. Knowing so, a critical point to industrial design learning ties to developing learning opportunities that allow students to explore these interdependencies.
Period11 May 2023
Event titleThinking Creatively Conference
Event typeConference
LocationWenzhou, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational