The Delft Design Guide presents an overview of product design approaches and methods used in the Bachelor and Master curriculum at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft.

Product design at Industrial Design Engineering in Delft is regarded as a systematic and structured activity, purposeful and goal-oriented. Due to its complexity, designing requires a structured and systematic approach as well as moments of heightened creativity. In this guide we restrict ourselves deliberately to approaches we teach in Delft. Although we are aware of others, they are not included in this design guide. The design guide is largely based on existing books and articles; where possible we have tried our best to refer to these works in the appropriate form.

The objectives of the Delft Design Guide are threefold:

  1. design students can use it as a ‘first aid’ in their design projects, managing their personal development of becoming a designer;
  2. design tutors can use it as a reference manual to support students in their learning process; and
  3. professional designers can user the design guide as a reference manual to support their design processes.

Most of the content of the Delft Design Guide is being trained in five bachelor design courses:

PO1: Introduction Industrial Design (IO1010, 7,5ects)

PO2: Concept Design (IO1050, 7,5ects)

PO3: Fuzzy Front End (IO2010, 7,5ects)

PO4: Materialization and Detailing (IO2050. 7,5ects)

BFP: Bachelor Final project (IO3900, 15ects)

Remark: the Delft Design Guide presents an overview; short descriptions of approaches and methods. For learning designers it is needed to study more into detail using references mentioned in the guide.

This course has been awarded with the Award for Open Education Excellence in 2013.

The content of this site is based on the 2013 book version of the Delft Design Guide. This is an improved version of the former online version. In the book version, the Delft Design Guide is restructured for better reading, has updated content and improved visualizations. Parts of the book content are published online. You can order the 2nd print 2014 version of the Delft Design Guide at BIS Publisher or via book stores. At IDE you can also buy the book in the faculty book shop Waltmann.

Annemiek van Boeijen, Jaap Daalhuizen, Jelle Zijlstra, Roos van der Schoor

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