:: 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
CD cases have been essentially unchanged for many years. They must protect the
CD in transit, be effective for retailers, and provide attractive storage for
the CDs – if required – for the customer. They include information about the
artists, the recordings and also booklets containing the lyrics. However, from a
manufacturing perspective they are quite complex. Design a more sustainable CD
CD cases must work well from the perspectives of the manufacturer, retailer and
customer and it will be important to understand all of these. Your design must
be just as convincing in relation to cost and reliability, point of sale and
display in the home, as it is in relation to its environmental impact. CDs (and
recorded music) have important cultural as well as functional roles. Your design
must suit everyone involved in the life-cycle of the CD case, and the
Your first point of contact will be Loughborough University. Initially contact
Eddie Norman (email
[email protected] 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
If you 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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