Project

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Programme

The process and the outcomes are closely monitored during the project and adjusted when appropriate in order to create useful and practical cases on the one hand and develop a generic applicable circular design process on the other hand. Process related learnings are also reported and shared here. In the Circular Design Cases process outline (in Dutch) you find the process outline as formulated at start of the project.

Method & Tools

There is no standard circular design process available yet. Therefor a compressed design process based on generic design methods as defined in the Delft Design Guide is formulated. This process  should enable the team to create useful and practical cases on the one hand and become a applicable circular design process on the other hand. The process and the outcomes are closely monitored during the project and adjusted when appropriate. Process related learnings are also reported and shared on this platform.

Circular Design Cases

Aim of the project is to redesign common (consumer) products on the basis of circular design principles.

The circular design strategies and archetype business models of the ‘Products that Last’ framework developed by the TUDelft are taken as starting point. The framework is applied in practise in order to validate it and make concrete design processes and tools available for designers who are commited to design circular products and services. The cases are developed by industrial design students in cooperation with professional designers in a three month process. The outcomes will be presented online and during Dutch Design Week in October in order to inspire both designers and business represenatives in adopting and creating circular business.

Every student has given a brief presentation of one product in each product life cycle stage he or she wants to use for the Circular Design Case on April 30th. The three product life cycle stages are: introduction & growth stage (e.g. 3D printer), maturity stage (e.g. drill) and the decline stage (e.g. watch). The selection of the individual Circular Design Case is based on the following product characteristics and selection criteria.

Product characteristics

  • Iconic: understandable and recognisable
  • Potential: opportunities for circular improvement
  • Complexity: balance between simple and complex
  • Tangible: physical product (with additional service)

Selection criteria

  • Relevant to Dutch (manufacturing) industry
  • Give inspiring result(s)
  • Feasibility (also in terms of workload for the student)

Circular Examples

There are various (international) products and services based on circular design principles and business models. The student team will identify, analyse and describe many of them. Aim is twofold.

  1. Building a library of inspiring circular examples for designers that are starting to work with circular design and
  2. Validating the ‘Product that Last’ framework by checking if these examples fit in the framework and vice versa.