Reflection on the Quality of Design: From the Product to the Project

By Rita Almendra.

Published by The Design Collection

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At a time when all stakeholders consider quality in industrial products to be an acquired right which is rigorously and consciously controlled and regulated, this paper serves as a reflection firstly on the possible definition of quality in an industrial product and then whether we can go from this to a definition of the quality of a project for a design product. Henry Stoll’s definition (1999) of total product quality is used as the starting point and our aim is to follow the trajectory from the “end product” to the “product design” and attempt to put forward and assess possible components of quality in a design project process. Indeed, we intend to reach designed quality through materialized quality assuming that quality is a key part of design project processes which specifically contributes to the quality of the end products that can be experienced at different levels.

Keywords: Total Product Quality, Quality of Design Project, Quality System in Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 715.562KB).

Prof. Rita Almendra

Professor, Department of Art and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

Rita Assoreira Almendra is a Designer and a Lecturer from Art and Design Department of Faculty of Architecture, TU Lisbon, where she teaches Design Theory, Design Critics and Design Management classes at the Design Course. She is also a PhD student at the same University and her research focus is the one of Design Methodologies. She has an MBA with Marketing specialization and a Master on Design Management from FCEE –Portuguese Catholic University. She is a researcher from LID – Innovation in Design Lab – a research Lab from FA.TU.Lisbon, where she participates in projects related with Strategic Design Knowledge and Usage, Inclusive Design and Design Methodologies.


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