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Design by Mind Map: Design

1. Consider the physical features of the product.

2. Safety & Health

2.1. Is your project considered safe, why is it considered safe?

2.2. In timber for example, we would need to consider if there is any small parts that infants and young children could potentially choke on.

2.3. Is there a recommended age for your project?

3. In timber for example, it is unlikely that junior students would have had much experience in this field as it is not taught in most primary schools.

4. Ergonomics

4.1. Consider the materials you are using. Does it accomodate for all people or would particular people experience difficulties using the product?

4.1.1. Why is this the case?

4.2. If we were to create a chair in timber for example, we would need to consider its dimensions. Would these dimensions be suited for shorter and smaller humans like children or would it be suited for taller and larger humans like adults?

5. Durability

5.1. In timber for example, we would need to consider the strength grading of the timber and if that meets the demands of our product.

6. Aesthetics

6.1. Who is your target audience?

6.1.1. In other words, who would buy and/or use the product?

6.1.1.1. In timber for example, a project with intricate designs of animals would be more inclined to attract animal-lovers.

6.2. Why would people be attracted by the appearance of this product?

6.2.1. On the other hand, why wouldn’t they be attracted by the appearance of this product?

7. Finances

7.1. Consider the physical features of the product.

7.1.1. How much does this cost?

7.1.1.1. In timber for example, we would need to consider the cost of the off-cuts.

7.2. Is it a profitable product?

7.3. How much would the product sell for?

7.3.1. Research similar products on the market.

7.4. How much would the labour cost?

7.4.1. In timber for example, we could make a reasonable prediction on what someone your age would earn per hour. Consider how many hours you spent on your project and times this by what you would earn per hour. Add this to the production cost of your project.

7.5. It is also important to consider that many junior students are still developing. This makes it more difficult to manipulate heavier tools with precision.

7.6. How much of each material would you need?

7.6.1. How much would the materials cost in order to make this product?

8. What type of materials are being used?

8.1. Are these considered high quality?

8.1.1. Why or why not?

8.1.1.1. In timber for example, we would need to consider if our timber is prone to fungal decay or dry rot.

9. Quality

9.1. What are your expertise in making your product?

9.1.1. How would this affect the quality of your product?

10. Recyclability

10.1. In timber for example, we would need to consider if the type of timber and finisher that we are using can be recycled. If so, to what extent?