Design decision-making and materials - Investigations in the context of recycled poIymers

Norman E., Pedgley O. F. , Coles R.

Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development 2004, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 1 - 02 September 2004, pp.209-219 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Loughborough
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.209-219


Design decision-making can be viewed as the result of the interaction of knowledge, skills and values. The complexity of the design for sustainability agenda is explored in this paper through a discussion of the knowledge, skills and values associated with the designing of a polymer acoustic guitar. This was a case study for a recent PhD research project concerning the relationship of knowledge and designing. The role of values in design decision-making is being researched further through the analysis of designing with recycled polymers, and this paper: explains the choice of designing in recycled polymers as a context for exploring the role of values in design decision-making; outlines the research strategy being pursued; gives an indication of the results obtained from pilot studies and early research investigations.