Design Tool for Enhanced New Product Development in Low Income Economies

Timothy Whitehead, Mark Evans, Guy Bingham

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In order to alleviate poverty throughout the World government and non‐government organisations provide aid in the form of essential household products. These products typically include cook stoves, water filters and LED lights. However, evidence suggests that these products are not always suitable for Low Income Economies (LIEs) which has resulted in a number of high profile product failures. In response to the growing need for appropriate New Product Development (NPD), this paper presents the development of a tool to assist industrial designers create appropriate and long lasting solutions for those in poverty. Data was collected from the analysis of existing products, a survey, interviews with NGOs & industrial designers and a field trip to Myanmar. The results were used to identify attributes required for effective, long‐lasting product design. This was used to create a tool for designers which was found to enhance understanding of appropriate NPD for LIEs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2016
Event2016 Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS2016
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


Conference2016 Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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