industrial design concepts

Industrial Design | Product Design | Transport Design

Industrial Design | Product | Transport Design

The differentiator

There is one special thing that sets apart Industrial Design from other design disciplines, that it so quickly conveys to the audience, consumer or other designers the value and legitimate benefits of sustainability in practice. When the quality of finish, design, idea and execution come together there can be no doubt that responsible design is a tangible and achievable, a thing highly worthy of pursuit.

The methods

Practical strategies includes rethinking materials, life cycles, efficiencies of energy use from cradle to use to grave for the raw materials, to the manufacture, the product use and it’s recyclability, capacity for re-use or disassembly and when all else fails it’s appropriate disposal. Through all of these phases there has been great study and progress inviting the modern designer to combine as many that will fit the brief (or get the brief changed!) Also see ideas.

Industrial | Product | Transport Design

Responsible Design Strategies

Whole Systems and Lifecycle Thinking
Consider all the inputs plus the whole process for you design or product. There’s two main parts to this to consider all the lifecycles aspects plus the entire collection of activities that create the end result. How may we best address them all for maximum return?

Big picture thinking helps you see the entire social, environmental, and technical systems that any product is a part of. Addressing this early can help you devise new ways to innovate.

Lifecycle thinking allows you to quantify environmental impacts so that you can prioritize, set metrics around, and most effectively reduce them. This process is not just about making things “less bad.” It can help unlock your creativity and lead to game-changing innovations Throughout the design process, there are many sustainable design tools and strategies you can draw from Videos: Autodesk Sustainability Workshop and their Simulation for Sustainable Designapps.

Material selection thinking is universal across all fields and can make significant impacts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and affect many environmental perspectives…

The EcoSpecifier is a database set up to help architects, designers, builders and specifiers shortcut the materials sourcing process. (The original 1999 Ecospecifier was a joint initiative of the Centre for Design at RMIT, EcoRecycle Victoria and the Society for Responsible Design) www.ecospecifier.com.au

Life Cycle Strategies Every product goes through a series of stages, know as its life cycle. These stages generally include material extraction, manufacture of product, packaging and distribution, product use, and disposal of the product. By designing for adaptability and extended use, disassembly, recyclability, and standardisation of components, designers can minimise impact on the built environment.
Ecologically Sustainable Development plan in Au. (good data, too little action) Know of other, better resources? Do share your insights for industry large & small.

the circular economy from a product perspective, explores applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps. EU Web article : Download 7.8mb

 

LCA for product, materials design

The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society | LCIA Best Practice
RMIT CfD Greenfly online tool helps design environmentally improved products with a focus on real-world design projects.
(other Pro LCA tools under review) European LCA and value ROI. ecocostsvalue.com

Global Opportunity Explorer  Sustainia

Browse a wealth of Transport, Industrial Design and related ideas and opportunities that address UN SDGs and a host of pressing issues. Global relevance. explorer.sustainia.me

Rocky Mountain Institute, USA on Sustainable Transportation

Mobility Transformation Implementing cost-effective oil- and emissions-free mobility to save $’s, oil and drastically reduce carbon emissions. Trucking Efficiency Driving down the carbon footprint of getting people their products by increasing efficiency in the trucking industry. Shipping Efficiency Increasing the demand for fuel-efficient vessels. Sustainable Aviation Reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint through the use of sustainable aviation fuels.

Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced recently the launch of a citizen-participatory project “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project–Making medals using urban mines”. The project aims to make medals for the 2020 Games using gold, silver and copper metals recycled from discarded electronic devices, including mobile phones and small household appliances. Story from JfS, Japan for Sustainability. (a good example of rethinking materials-ed)

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