Design Through Making: Learning from Low-Volume Production
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Morgan, David
Institution: Brigham Young University, United States of America
Section: Design/Make interface
This paper describes a making-centric teaching methodology intended to illuminate design issues and processes through a low-volume production project. The methodology involves material discovery informing initial design, iteration with human needs and production realities in mind, a low-volume production run functioning as ongoing design critique and refinement, simple tool and fixture making to facilitate production, and relative success of retail sales as design feedback. Developed over a number of years at different institutions and venues, this making methodology allows students to engage with materials and processes to see the entire product development process in an energetic microcosm.