A framework for design and assessment of products in developing countries

Whitehead, Timothy (2014). A framework for design and assessment of products in developing countries. IN: Design Research Conference 2014. UNSPECIFIED.

Abstract

In an attempt to increase opportunity and quality of life for people in poverty, governments and non-government organisations (NGOs) sell and donate products to developing countries. Typically these are essential household items such as cookstoves, water filters, and solar lighting. However, to date there has been limited research into the uptake and long term effectiveness of these products. To overcome this problem and provide guidance to future and existing designers and NGOs an assessment framework has been created consisting of eight critical indicators for product success. These indicators have been identified from a literature review, the analysis of 63 products and 18 interviews with product designers and NGOs. The results have been presented in an easy to use assessment web which can assist designers in the design process and ensure that products designed for these markets are long-lasting and effective.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mechanical engineering & design
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Event Title: Design Research Society 2014 Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2014-06-16 - 2014-06-19
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Related URLs: https://www.des ... ges/conferences (Organisation URL)
Published Date: 2014-06-16
Authors: Whitehead, Timothy ( 0000-0001-8751-1484)

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