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Is design education preparing product for the real world? A study of product design graduates in Ireland

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posted on 2016-07-18, 10:22 authored by Louise KiernanLouise Kiernan, ANN LEDWITHANN LEDWITH
This study aims to identify professional product design roles. It presents the results of a survey of 251 graduates from undergraduate product design courses. Data was gathered about graduate s job descriptions; the companies that employ product designers and the postgraduate education taken. The objective was to show how design practice has evolved and the effect that this has had on product design as a discipline. The results highlight the cross over between design disciplines, the integration of product designers across different industries and the variety of roles that product designers undertake. Implications for product design education are discussed and recommendations are presented.

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The Design Journal;17 (2), pp. 218-237

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Taylor and Francis

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peer-reviewed

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This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The Design Journal 2014, 17 (2), pp. 218-237 © copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175630614X13915240576022

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English

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