User preferences in the design of multi-purpose products: A case study on the redesign of a utility tool

Vimal Viswanathan, David Alexander, Shraddha Sangelkar, Johnathan Brock Moody

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Abstract

There is an abundance of multi-purpose products in the market. Multi-purpose products are defined as the artifacts that have more than one primary function. While some of the multipurpose products are well designed and successful in the market, many of them fail to make an impact. Many times, these products are designed without considering critical aspects of customer requirements into account. The current research in design theory and methodology primarily addresses the design of products with one main function and many supporting subfunctions. When more than one primary function is present in the design, the process becomes more complicated. Many times, the primary functions conflict with each other, making the design process further complicated. Motivated by this fact, we aim to develop a comprehensive design method that considers the user's perspective for the design of multi-purpose products. As a first step, we developed a set of guidelines from a user point of view. This paper presents a case study where the authors redesigned a multi-purpose utility tool, which has a very high potential and a targeted audience. The original design process behind the product is studied with the help of the designer and the manufacturer. The newly developed guidelines are repeatedly applied on the product to derive new requirements for its redesign. Following a systematic redesign procedure, the product is redesigned. This paper details the case study along with the lessons learned from the same. It also describes the best scenarios for the use of the multi-purpose product design guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication28th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791850190
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016 - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2016Aug 24 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume7

Other

OtherASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period8/21/168/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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    Viswanathan, V., Alexander, D., Sangelkar, S., & Moody, J. B. (2016). User preferences in the design of multi-purpose products: A case study on the redesign of a utility tool. In 28th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 7). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC201660014