Taking Design from concept to production and the consumer

Griffith University
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Conference Proceeding
8th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research: Technology Education: Learning for Life, 2014, 2 pp. 54 - 61 (8)
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For many industrial designers the object continues to remain a central focus of their practice. In industrial design education it is important for students to learn about making beyond an abstract notion and beyond the construction of one-off prototypes to appreciate the complexity and challenges actually involved. It was the need to address this limitation in industrial design education that the id.shop emerged. The id.shop was developed to expose students to the challenges involved in managing design, manufacture and sales of an object they designed. The value of making is appreciated across society. Pedagogically it has long been valued as a vital part of education. The emergence of new digital technologies together with online retailing now present unlimited opportunities for designers to establish their own design based enterprises. The id.shop now in its fifteenth edition, is combining the small batch production focus with an experience in students’ managing their own designer maker enterprise.
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