How can a specification help a designer focus on the function and form of a product?

In this lesson, we will present the argument designers have battled with for years, 'what is more important: function or form?' We'll consider how to work this out by using a design specification.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Design specifications contain points about both function and form.

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Q2.The term 'function' refers to the way a product looks. If it doesn't function well, then it won't look good.

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Q3.The term 'form' refers to the shape of an object or product.

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Q4.The initial ideas that a designers has are their first thoughts. These will be developed to become closer to what might become manufactured.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Design specifications contain points about both function and form.

1/4

Q2.The term 'function' refers to the way a product looks. If it doesn't function well, then it won't look good.

2/4

Q3.The term 'form' refers to the shape of an object or product.

3/4

Q4.The initial ideas that a designers has are their first thoughts. These will be developed to become closer to what might become manufactured.

4/4

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How can a specification help a designer focus on the function and form of a product?

Please select the correct true or false response for each question now you have finished the lesson.

Q1.The choice of material used to make a product can affect its function and form.

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Q2.Some people may have different opinions about whether the form of an object is good or not.

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Q3.Function is more important than form.

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Q4.It is hard to design a product that has great function and form.

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How can a specification help a designer focus on the function and form of a product?

Please select the correct true or false response for each question now you have finished the lesson.

Q1.The choice of material used to make a product can affect its function and form.

1/4

Q2.Some people may have different opinions about whether the form of an object is good or not.

2/4

Q3.Function is more important than form.

3/4

Q4.It is hard to design a product that has great function and form.

4/4

Lesson summary: How can a specification help a designer focus on the function and form of a product?

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