Engineering & Technology


Design Processes

Inclusive Design

Inclusive design is all about designing products that are as accessible to as many people as possible.

Sometimes simple modifications to a design can make it much easier for people with disabilities. For example, by EU law medicines must have braille labels.

User-centred Design

This process involves designing a product intended for a single person or specific group of people.

It usually involves working very closely with the intended end users and can be an expensive and lengthy process.

Ergonomic Design

Ergonomic design takes into account the way that humans interact with products. It considers how a product fits in our hand, how it feels and looks for example.

The computer mouse below is the first ever made. Do you think ergonomics were considered in the design?

Sustainable Design

The aim of sustainable design is to create products that have minimal negative impact on the environment. This includes the physical environment as well as wider social and economic effects. The three things that need to be though about when designing and evaluating products are: