:: Specific Design Brief
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
Cardboard has many fine structural properties and is finding uses as a building
material. It is often made with recycled fibres. Use the structural properties
of cardboard to design load-bearing furniture such as a bookcase or a chair.
Flat-packed furniture and related products are now the foundation of a major
industry, led by companies like IKEA and MFI. A large number of the products are
based on the use of MDF (medium density fibreboard) and, although there are
sustainable versions of this material, they are not always used. MDF is also a
comparatively heavy material. Used effectively, cardboard could provide a
lighter product for these markets, saving energy in transportation, being easier
to get home and reducing the environmental impact associated with raw materials.
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 unit 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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