An integral design framework for multi-disciplinary design

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A comprehensive domain independent system-level perspective of conceptualization of design is a major driver for successful product development. Such a general design model, Integral Design, was developed based on a specific Dutch design method, Methodical design, which was aimed specifically for applications in the Mechanical Engineering domain. The design method was specifically developed with the help of experiences designers and is meant for young students in a multi-disciplinary design context, such as building design. Integral design provides a suitable framework, existing of phases and specific steps, for guiding users through the design process. It support not only the designers but also helps them to make the process explicit and to communicate the actions and results to their stakeholders. The focus in this paper is on presenting the overall frame work of the design method. In the Netherlands in several bachelor and master educational programs at Technical High schools and the University of Technology Eindhoven use this model to teach students mechanical engineering design and building services design. As such it is one of the most popular design method in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design: Responsible Design for Our Future - Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019


Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED19
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  • Collaborative design
  • Design methods
  • Design process


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