page of a coursework project should look as good as you can possibly
make it.. If you or your teacher would be happy for any single sheet
to be taken from a project and framed then you are pretty close
to getting things right ! Obviously some people can draw better
than others, some have a gift for making things look slick and well-designed
and others are good at using computers or using colour to emphasise
work. Whatever your talent use it to make your work look good.
Who needs a specification?
designer certainly has a list of priorities for the way the design
will go - but so too will the manufacturer, the distributor, the
retailer and the owner of the brand-name. All of these should find
their way into a final specification - but to begin with identify
features that you as the designer want to include. There are two
presentation examples here.
designer has checked out a variety of research areas.
Areas such as who the product might be used by, how long it might
be expected to last and what materials it could be made from.
These features will eventually determine whether the product sells
well, is easy to make and even sells for a long time. Should
the product be made to last forever ? If you owned a company
making light bulbs what would be the specification for how long
you wanted the bulb to last before burning out ? 'Repeat
sales' matter !
1 or 2 days ? ...that way customers would need to buy another bulb….
But would they buy your bulbs that only lasted 2 days ? Or
should you make them last 50 years...the customer would certainly
be pleased with that...but how much would they cost to make if they
were so well made they lasted that long ? "Built-in-redundancy"
is a feature of many products - fashion items
especially… Should yours include features such as this ? Remember
too… the designer has a list
of features that they would like included, whilst the manufacturer
has a different set of priorities; the retailer will be more concerned
with appearance and the wholesaler concerned with storage and transportation…
Is one simple specification enough ?? There should be at least two
specifications drawn up including; the point of view of the manufacturer
-the "Product Design Specification" - the
PDS - and the Designers version - the "Design specification".
Now do them for your project...