We have a saying at Aalto University Design Factory that even the best processor is useless if the user interface prevents taking advantage of it. Successfully cultivating soft skills – the interface of expertise – requires asking some tough questions about priorities, measurements and Californian experiments.Continue reading
Most work in sustainable product development focuses on energy and resource efficient design. While this is a valuable and worthy tactic, it does not always result in actual energy saving during device use. This is because users may not want to, or know how to, use the device in an energy efficient manner. In fact, over 30% of device energy consumption can be determined by user behavior, not just the design itself. Profs. Katja & Kevin, alongside colleagues at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), have developed a way to help designers to better understand and integrate user behavior with energy efficient design goals.Continue reading
Designers of complex systems such as large engines, airplanes, or manufacturing systems have unique struggles when compared to designers designing simpler and smaller systems. Any decision will have a system wider hard-to-understand impact, the system lifecycle can be decades, which means a series of expected and unexpected changes, etc. In recent work Prof. Katja with colleagues from Seoul National University have been tackling this issue from product architecture point of view. What should a system architect take into the account when deciding on the system elements, their connectivity and modularity?Continue reading
What is Aalto Design Factory about? What do people do here? Our most important asset is the people in DF, the community. In the #InsideDF blogpost series we familiarize you with the people who frequently come to DF.
In the fourth blogpost we have Irena Bakić, who has a long history at DF.
The upcoming DESIGN 2016 Conference will feature a keynote address on successful adoption of design research from Design Factory’s Kevin Otto, Adjunct Professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The DESIGN 2016 Conference will be held in Dubrovnik Croatia on 16-19 May, and is part of a series that occurs every other year held by the Design Society. It is a premiere event for the design research community in Europe.
Kevin’s presentation ‘Industry Adoption of Design Methods: Where is the Crisis?’ is a reflection and recommendation to researchers in the field on how to get their design research successfully used in practice.