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An introduction to design engineering
An introduction to design engineering

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2.2 Summary of Section 2

In this first section you came across several ideas of what design might be, as well as a few things that it is not. These were presented to make you think about design in ways you might not have done before.

In summary, you saw that:

  • design is more than aesthetics and appearance
  • design is more than products and objects
  • design is much more than just solving a single problem
  • design is not just for designers
  • design is about thinking around the object.

Design was also noted to be any of the following (or even a mix of them):

  • product
  • specification
  • process
  • service
  • system.

In the next section you will have a look at some of these examples of design engineering.