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Culture-orientated product design

Moalosi, Richie, Popovic, Vesna, & Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. (2007) Culture-orientated product design. In IASDR07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007, Emerging Trends in Design Research, 12-15 November 2007, Hong Kong.

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Abstract

There is little in-depth research that can assist designers to use culture as a catalyst for designing innovative product within Botswana's context. This is supported by evidence from the literature which indicate that from an African perspective, there is no solid theoretical framework which can assist designers to consciously integrate users' culture in designing products. This challenges designers to gain a deeper understanding of users' culture and find strategies on how they can use culture as a resource in product development and promote culture-orientated product innovation. The paper discusses an experimental design study conducted at the University of Botswana which challenged participants to transform socio-cultural factors into product features. The paper concludes by discussing a culture-orientated design model which shows one way on how to consciously specify, analyse and integrate socio-cultural factors in the design process.

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ID Code: 14432
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Socio, cultural factors, culture, orientated product design, Botswana
ISBN: 9889910144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Copyright Statement: No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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