Using practice-led industrial/product design research to explore opportunities to support manufacturing-related enterprise in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) countries

Evans, Mark and Whitehead, Timothy (2018). Using practice-led industrial/product design research to explore opportunities to support manufacturing-related enterprise in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) countries. IN: IASDR 2017. 2017-10-31 - 2017-11-03.

Abstract

The profession of industrial/product design has the capacity to support wealth generation through a product-driven supply chain that extends across services that include manufacturing, distribution, sales and maintenance. Moving away from the more typical manufacturing approaches of developed countries, where the resources available to support designers employ advanced technologies and materials, this paper discusses an ongoing UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project to explore ways in which industrial/product design can provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment in countries on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) List and receive Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). Through practice-lad research with participants from Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and Turkey; industrial/product design educators/researchers/practitioners shared knowledge and expertise and engaged in creative activity to translate propositions into proposals with the potential for manufacture in each of the four countries. The findings, articulated product visualisations, indicate significant potential to support manufacturing in countries in a variety of levels of economic development by adding value to the packaging of traditional foods; integrating low-cost imported components to add value to indigenous crafts and materials; producing contemporary furniture designs using materials that can be considered as traditional materials; and employing unorthodox and unexpected materials.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.7945/C2ZX0C
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mechanical Engineering & Design
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: CC BY NC
Event Title: IASDR 2017
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2017-10-31 - 2017-11-03
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Published Date: 2018-08
Authors: Evans, Mark
Whitehead, Timothy ( 0000-0001-8751-1484)

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