The Concept of Product Properties and its Value for Research and Practice in Design

DS 58-2: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 2, Design Theory and Research Methodology, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Birkhofer, Herbert; Wäldele, Martin
Series: ICED
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology
Page(s): 227-238


Design science has produced a lot of models, definitions, and terms, which may be highly useful for design research as well as design practice. Still this body of knowledge and insights is often neglected and altered concepts are created with a lot of effort and unpleasant consequences. This contribution highlights the product property concept as one important concept for activities related to design. It explains the nature of product properties in detail and addresses their importance for research and practice. The main objective of this paper is to contribute to a consolidation of design research and to counteract the current growth of divergent concepts and terminologies.

Keywords: property, characteristic, value, attribute, technical system, process, product


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