Course title
Introduction to Industrial Design

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Course description
Based on design perspective and design thinking, students will learn about industrial design procedures and basic methods with small practice.
This course provides an overview of industrial design. To understand industrial design critically, student should have the view point of design history, material culture and user centered design. Based on this criteria, introducing the structured method to analyze industrial design process.
Purpose of class
This course aims to give an overview of the history, function, and actual of industrial design, deepen understanding of its pluralistic functions and meanings.
Goals and objectives
  1. Understand the necessity of man - machine system through modern design history and design survey.
  2. Understanding the significance of design in society, we will be able to choose the way to evaluate design appropriately.
  3. Understand the methods of industrial design and become able to use technical terms properly.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction
- Confirmation of syllabus
- Classification of design
- Industrial design domain
- Design area
- Cultural background
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review] Cultural background, Who and what is the user?, 30minutes
[HW] Three idea sketches for "Breakfast tray" 150minutes
2. Research, brief, and specification
- Function
- How we can decide function? - Design survey
- What is the difficult point when you did this HW?
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review] Function 60minutes
[HW]Design survey - Take breakfast photo (or movie) everyday 30minutes
3. Research, brief, and specification
- Physical functions
- Taste and Aesthetic functions
- What did you find with your photo (or movie)?
- What did you eat? How many,and how much did you eat?
- Classification and making dimension matrix
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review] Semantics, Analogy, Culture, Custom, Manner, Myth 30minutes
[HW] Words for mind map 150minutes
4. Research, brief, and specification
- Semantics
- Sign functions
- Symbol functions
- [Discussion]
- What did you find with your photo (or movie)?
- What did you eat? How did you eat? How did you prepare? How did you clean up and put away?
- Classification and making map
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review] Semantics, Analogy, Culture, Custom, Manner, Myth 30minutes
[HW] Complete mind map 150minutes
5. Concept design
Design from the manufacturer's point of view
- What is "Good quality"?
- How we estimate DESIGN?
- Check your idea sketch
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review] Design as a strategic tool 30minutes
[HW] explain your "breakfast tray" on p.59 Function analysis 150minutes
6. Concept design
- Overview
- Criteria for high quality design
- PDCA cycle
- "Just use"
- "Make it visible"
[Preparation] 45minutes
[Review] Criteria for high quality design 30minutes
[HW] 20 idea sketches
Do not think too much, just draw
7. Concept design
- Drafting
- breakdown into the ELEMENT
- What is the difficult point when you did this HW?
- What did you find?
[Preparation] 30minutes
[Review]QFD, element 30minutes
[HW] Breakdown structure 150minutes
8. Concept design
- Drafting
- idea development
- effect of visualizing - sketch
- Idea sketch
- Drafting
[Preparation] Textbook p92-101 30minutes
[Preparation] White pencil, A3 paper, COPIC (gray series), Elliptical ruler, Straight ruler, pencils, COPIC Pen 60minutes
9. Concept design
- Representing Images
- Image of shape - Form and shape
- Color - Domain color and Color co-ordination
- Color - Domain color and Color co-ordination
[Preparation] Read or watch about product drawing 60minutes
10. From manufacture to market
- Materials
- Disposal, eco
- Consumer, distributor, producer
- Form and Shape
- Effect of changing shapes
- Expression of materials
[Preparation] Read or watch about product drawing 600minutes
11. From manufacture to market
- Paper mock
- Mock up
[Preparation] Read or watch about product drawing 60minutes
12. From manufacture to market
- Targeting
- Distribution control
- Package
- Advertising
[Preparation] 30minutes
13. From manufacture to market [Preparation] 30minutes
14. End term examination [Preparation] 300minutes
Total. - - 2565minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Work Examination Total.
1. 0% 10% 10%
2. 30% 20% 50%
3. 20% 20% 40%
Total. 50% 50% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Work 50%、Exam 50%
Pass level (60%) : Explain 60% words in Glossary at the end of the textbook.
Textbooks and reference materials
Alex Milton and Paul Rodgers, Product Design
ISBN 9781856697514
EBOOK ISBN 9781780670850

Reference materials[SIT Lib. e-book]
1) Marilyn DeLong and Barbara Martinson : Color and Design, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC(2013) [SIT Lib. e-book]
2) Alex Milton and Paul Rodgers : Product Design, Laurence King Publishing(2011) [SIT Lib. e-book]
3) Abbie Griffin, Charles H. Noble, Serdar S. Durmusoglu, Michael I. Luchs, and Scott Swan : Design Thinking : New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated(2015) [SIT Lib. e-book]
4) Sparke, Penny Routledge: An Introduction to Design and Culture : 1900 to the Present, Routledge(2013)[SIT Lib. e-book]
5) Patricia Graham ; Japanese Design : Art, Aesthetics & Culture, Tuttle Publishing(2014)[SIT Lib. e-book]
6) Waldemar Karwowski, Marcelo Marcio Soares, and Neville A. Stanton: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design : Methods and Techniques, Handbook of Human Factors in Consumer Product Design Ser.(2011)[SIT Lib. e-book]
7) Michael Siebenbrodt and Lutz Schöbe : Bauhaus, Parkstone International(2012)[SIT Lib. e-book]
8) Mienke Simon Thomas : Dutch Design - A History, Reaktion Books, Limited(2008)[SIT Lib. e-book]
9) Design : History, Theory and Practice of Product Design, [SIT Lib. e-book] ProQuest Ebook Central

Reference materials
1) 101 Design Methods : a structured approach for driving innovation in your organization / Vijay Kumar
2) Product Design and Development / Karl Ulrich and Steven Eppinger -- McGraw-Hill Education; 6 edition , 2015
3) Beautiful thing : an introduction to design / Robert Clay , Oxford ; New York, NY : Berg , 2009
5)高山 靖子 (著),‎ 亀井 暁子 (著),‎ 高瀬 奈美 (著),‎ 服部 守悦 (著) DESIGN ENGLISH、(株)南雲堂 2016
6)Gerhard Heufler: Design Basics From Ideas to Products, Arthur Niggli (2004), ISBN-13: 978-3721205312
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Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • After class and office hours are available. Office hour : spring Mon. 15-16, Fri.12-13
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicatable
Applicatable Class teachers have been involved in design research and planning and concept planning at design company. In the class, students will understanding of the broad functionality of design by explaining the importance of concepts gained through practical experience and the role of designers in connecting manufacturers and consumers.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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