73452 - Product Design T (L-Z)

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student knows the design elements of the primary consumer goods at low prices and knows how to guide the development of a complete project. In particular, at the end of the ex-chair seminar, practical and theoretical activities envisaged, the student possesses the skills necessary to satisfy the needs of the user through his direct involvement, through the application of ergonomic methods, surveys, as well as questionnaires / interviews , task analysis, direct observations and ethnographies. In this context, the student knows how to set up, conduct and monitor a project activity which, through an ergonomically oriented approach, is aimed at increasing product performance and improving the psycho-physiological conditions of those who use them, has a conscious approach to the process of concept generation, it has the ability to synthesize design capable of bringing together the technological and producibility aspects on the expressive and formal value of the product. It also possesses the skills regarding the phases of technical design and technical production development.

Course contents

The Final Synthesis Laboratory focuses on the theme of the human body, its (dis-) functions and possible interventions to improve the psycho-physical state by design. The Laboratory will be in cooperation with Bioengineering of Cesena.

The macro thematic area will cover the whole human body from different points of view: development of prostheses for various problems, rehabilitation equipment, wearable devices, equipment of the future that can increase the potential of the limbs and other parts of the body.

It will be the task of each design team to define the personal field of research and the possible solutions through intensive transversal and multidisciplinary research.


The lecturers will provide, in their lectures and in the moments of revision, precise references to texts, sites, magazines and documents available to deepen the topics presented.

In addition, bibliographic information may be added based on the information needed during the course.

  • Sicklinger, Andreas, Design e Corpo Umano, Maggioli Editori 2020
  • Sicklinger, Andreas, Design e ipovisione. Dalla leggibilità al design multisensoriale, Maggioli Editore 2010
  • Casoni, Giorgio & Celaschi, Flaviano, Human Body Design, Corpo e progetto nell’economia della trasformatività, Franco Angeli 2020
  • Zannoni, Michele, Progetto e interazione. Il design degli ecosistemi interattivi, Quodlibet 2018

Teaching methods

The Thesis Laboratory is structured through lectures, testimonials from guests (professionals, companies), visits and inspections, assistance with desk and field research, planning assistance up to the realization of models and prototypes.

These methods correspond to the structure of the Teaching, subdivided into 3 phases, including related ones, of: research, concept development, final design with prototyping.

The teaching group, the holder of the various modules, will accompany the planning process in all its phases, supervising classroom work with the students and guaranteeing collective and individual reviews (groups).

The work in the classroom/online, as well as the reviews, represent a fundamental step of the learning path by the students: the presence will therefore be mandatory.

Students will also be invited to participate in events promoted by the Study Course (seminars with national and international guests, exhibitions, competitions, etc.).

The teaching methods will provide:

• frontal/online lessons

• exercises, sometimes to be concluded as home assignments

• revisions to individual groups

• presentations by invited guests

• possible visits to the (productive) realities involved

• collective checks during the development of the three research phases, concept and detailed project

Assessment methods

The Thesis Laboratory foresees the delivery and evaluation of the projects for each of the three phases in which it is carried out.

The tests during the semester will take place on predetermined dates, indicated in the general calendar that will be delivered at the beginning of the teaching activity. Each group will present its progress publicly with slideshows and, for each of the three phases, a judgment will be expressed.

Intermediate evaluations will form the final judgment of each student (in part, the result of collective work and, in part, of individual work).

Since this is an integrated course, the final judgment will be formulated on the basis of the individual judgments of the professors holding the teaching modules.

They contribute to the formulation of the judgment:

• quality of the documents presented and the model;

• quality of research and project;

• active participation in the course;

• punctuality in lessons and deliveries.

Examination method

At the exam each group will have 20 ’to illustrate the stages of their work: research, project, models.


Teaching tools

· • Presentations / slideshow;

· • Revisions of the progress of students' work;

· • Collective consultations of the progress of students' work;

· • Collaboration with external structures (model laboratory, photographic laboratory, libraries, etc.);

· • Final exhibition of the works.

Office hours

See the website of Andreas Sicklinger