:: Specific Design Brief
HIGH ADDED VALUE
PRODUCT DESIGN UK
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
It has been recommended for many years that reducing, reusing and recycling
provide many opportunities for environmental improvements in our own and
other countries and in product manufacture. Design and make a product that
uses at least one of these three criteria.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
Recycled polymers are generally perceived to be of lower quality than new
materials and, consequently, they only tend to find application in products of
low added value such as flower pots and bin liners. In turn this makes it
difficult to economically justify the additional collection and processing costs
associated with recycling. Design a product with high added value, e.g.
furniture or a musical instrument from recycled polymers.
The product is to be sold in European markets and, in order to attract a high
selling price, it must be stylish and fashionable. Whichever product area you
choose it will be essential to research and understand current market trends. It
is also essential to choose a product area where good design can attract a
Your first point of contact will be Loughborough University. Initially contact
Eddie Norman (email
E.W.Norman@lboro.ac.uk or by phone 01509-222659).
• Reducing the quantity of materials entering landfill sites can significantly
reduce the environmental impact of people in the UK.
• The manufacture of an appropriately designed product would provide worthwhile
• Local manufacture of the product would provide employment in the UK and reduce
transportation costs – both economic and environmental – associated with the
• Using recycled materials, reduces the extraction of raw materials and hence
decide to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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