Course code MatZ2044

Credit points 2

Product Design

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation24.10.2018

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developer

author Izglītības un mājsaimniecības institūts

Laura Boldiševica

professional Master's study programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

InfT2044, IT in Design II

MākZ1004, Composition and Colour Studies I

MākZ3026, Drawing

MākZ3027, Fundamentals of Design and Product Registration

MašZ2015, Product Design AutoCAD I

Course abstract

Study course Product Design aims to educate students in the industrial design industry and introduce them to the essential features of this industry by providing the opportunity to create practical design solutions in accordance with the requirements of product functionality and aesthetics. Within the framework of this course, students have the opportunity to get acquainted with new materials and technological processes, as well as to get introduced to the basic principles of social design, ethical design standards and to be able to identify the benefits of universal design. The product design course educates the students to create new products through the research of the target audience, market and a variety of materials, also creating sketches and drawings as well as prototyping and making digital presentation materials.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1.Students are familiar with theoretical aspects of product design and can apply the theory of design thinking in practice - practical exercises.
2.Students are able to distinguish and apply ethical design standards, social design principles as well as develop a sustainable design concept. Students know the difference between the universal design and product design created for a specific target group, understanding its essential requirements for functionality, aesthetic qualities and ergonomics - a written test.
3.Students know the material qualities and are able to apply them in practice. They know the main stages of product design development and can create new products by following them. Also, recyclable materials are used to create new ideas for improving the quality of living environments - the creation of new mini-product collection featuring small household items.

Course plan

1.Theoretical aspects of product design - 2h
2.Basic principles of ethical design. Social design. - 4h
3.Universal design and its examples - 2h
4.Design trends and material properties - 2h
5.A combination of functional and aesthetic aspects into one product. Product design goal – 2h
6.Sustainable design - 2h
Written test. Theoretical aspects of product design, ethical design principles and sustainable design standards. (2h)
7.Design that inspires the consumer – 1h
8.Existing product solutions on the market. The research of designers and their products – 1h
9.Integration of recycled materials into design – 2h
10.Requirements of technological product development – 1h
11.Peculiarities of production of individual products and mass-produced products – 1h
12.Basic principles for developing product collections – 2h
13.Prototyping and testing ideas using different materials and techniques – 4h
14.Product presentation methods – 2h
Presenting a practical work. Plastic integration into product design. Creation and presentation of a mini product collection. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

The successful presentation of a mini-product collection and a passed written test allow students to earn the necessary credits.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1.Written test about the theoretical aspects of product design.
The questions include:
- Basic principles of design creation
- The main stages of design development
- Description of the design purpose
- Reflection of design values
- Social design and its examples
- Basic principles of ethical design
- Application of universal design in practice
- Sustainable design standards
- Advantages and features of recycled materials

2. Practical work - creating a mini-product collection. Students have the task to develop a mini-product collection that includes at least three everyday products as well as there is a requirement to integrate recycled plastics into products. The collection is presented in the form of three dimensional finished products or prototypes. Additionally, a presentation of the collection is being prepared in a freely chosen creative format (for instance, A2 presentation board, video production, PowerPoint presentation, design of product catalogue, booklet layout, etc.). The assessment takes into account the originality of the presentation of the collection.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final assessment of the study course is calculated from the total score of two marks (written test and practical work) divided by two. If the average arithmetic grade is in decimals, then the attendance of the classes is taken into account. If the number of attendance is at least 70% of the total number of classes, then the mark could be raised.

Compulsory reading

1.Fiell Ch., Fiell P. Designing for the 21st century. Köln: Taschen, 2005.
2.Milton A., Rodgers P. Product Design. London: Laurence King, 2011. 240 p.
3.Lefteri Ch. Materials for Design. London: Laurence King, 2014.
4.Legzdiņš A. Mani darbi un nedarbi. Rīga: Neputns, 2012.

Further reading

1.Best K. The Fundamentals of Design Management. Switzerland: AVA book, 2010.
2.Jackson P. Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011. 223 p.
3.Gimenez M. European Product Design. Barcelona: Instituto Monsa de Ediciones, 2013.
4.Best K. Design Management. Switzerland: AVA book, 2006.
5.Hellers S., Andersone G. Grafiskā dizaina rokasgrāmata. Rīga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2016.


Compulsory course in the Professional Bachelor's program Design and Crafts, full-time studies in the 2nd semester of the 2nd year and part-time studies in the 1st semester of the 2nd year, as well as optional course in full-time studies at the 2nd semester of the 4th year.