Migrating Designs: Matching Product Evolution to Social Migration

By Rizal Rahman and Chris Rust.

Published by The Design Collection

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Geographical migration appears to be an important factor in contemporary human life, bringing with it social changes for the people involved. We use the term “Social Migration” to point to the even larger numbers of people who are experiencing similar social changes regardless of physical location, as the populations of many countries experience rapid urbanisation and industralisation. This shift is challenge to designers.This paper describes initial work that examines both background literature and data, and investigates some practical cases where individuals, who find themselves in new environments, use and adapt household products to support both traditional and developing expectations. That work has allows us to propose some principles of product migration in practice, and techniques for designers to respond to social migration. These will be tested in a larger scale work.

Keywords: Culture Factors, Household Product, Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.83-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.889MB).

Dr. Rizal Rahman

Design Researcher, Industrial Design, C3Ri Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, , Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Product Designer, Design Researcher and Lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. Currently is in his final year of PhD studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. In his current research project, he is interested to develop, demonstrate and evaluate an approach to designing which uses social research together with the development of exploratory concept designs as a tool for understanding users need and aspiration in a situation of migration.

Chris Rust

Professor in Design, C3Ri Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Professor in Design at Sheffield Hallam University.


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