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Product Design and International Development

Introduction:

Rua Design carries out research, and provides information about the subject of product design in international development. This page contains a study on product design in development, and links related to the subject.

Map of the world in relief for project for partially sighted.Paper:

An examination of product design in both industrialised
and developing countries. Tony Murray, 1996/2005-2007

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions of R&D, Innovation, New Product Development and Design
  3. Product Design, Innovation and Competitiveness
  4. Design, Competitiveness and Developing Countries
  5. Human Resources for Design
  6. The Design Process
  7. Product Design and Appropriate Technology
  8. Product Design, Industrialisation and the Environment

The full paper is also available for download in PDF format


Bibliography on product design and development:


Innovation

Open Structures: openstructures.net

DIY designs by Jesse Howard: (Wired article, September 2013)


Community


Websites:

Organisations that are working in the field of product design in developing countries:


Education


Articles:


Websites - sustainability:

  • What design can do conference
    www.whatdesigncando.nl
  • The Centre for Sustainable Design
    www.cfsd.org.uk
  • Reverse Garbage
    www.reversegarbage.org.au
    An interesting Australian organisation that promotes creative resource re-use of industrial and commercial off-cuts and over-runs, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill
  • Ecofys
    www.ecofys.com
    A company, based in Utrecht, specialised in sustainable energy and climate issues.

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