designing in RM

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  • Resistant Materials
    • Technology Push
      • Redesigned due to new materials or Making methods.
      • New materials!
      • New properties with existing materials.
      • Manufacture can make product cheaper
    • Consumer choice
      • Target market
        • For example, women aged 40-60 who don't work.
        • Certain age range or salary level.
      • Questionnaire or interview
        • To find out what people like and what they would like to see in a product
      • Need to identify who different customers are and what they are looking for.
    • Cultural influences on the design
      • Culture has a big influence on what people think are good or bad designs
        • For example, in  South Africa red is the colour of mourning. However In China red symbolises Fortune.
          • This means that when you are trying to sell a product in both these country's you will get two different responses.
      • In japan, traditionally people eat there meals on the floor. The design of dining furniture in japan will be different to those designed ,for European country's.
      • The designer has to investigate each cultural group that might be affected by that product.
    • The 6 R's
      • Recycle
        • Could recycled materials be used or is the product easy to recycle.
      • Rethink
        • Is there a better way to solve this problem that is less damaging to the environment.
      • Reduce
        • Is it possiable to reduce the amount of materials used? this will help to protect valuable resources.
      • Refuse
        • Not accepting the things that are not the best option for the environment.
      • Reuse
        • Could the product have another use? Could its parts be used for other uses. this will extend its life
      • Repair
        • Is the product easy to repair? this will extend its life.


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