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Design Principles and Methodologies

From Conceptualization to First Prototyping with Examples and Case Studies


Part of the Springer Tracts in Mechanical Engineering book series (STME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 3-20
    3. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 21-43
    4. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 45-72
    5. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 73-93
  3. Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 97-125
    3. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 127-158
    4. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 159-180
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 183-203
    3. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 205-237
    4. Alessandro Freddi, Mario Salmon
      Pages 239-273
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-284

About this book


This book introduces readers to the core principles and methodologies of product development, and highlights the interactions between engineering design and industrial design. It shows to what extent the two cultures can be reconciled, and conversely what makes each of them unique. Although the semantic aspect is fundamental in industrial design, while the functional aspect is essential for the industrial product, the interaction between the two worlds is strategically vital. Design is also a strategic problem-solving process that drives innovation, builds business success and leads to better quality of life through innovative products, systems, services and experiences. The book connects product development with the concepts and strategies of innovation, recognizing that product design is a complex process in which invention, consumers’ role, industrial technologies, economics and the social sciences converge. After presenting several examples of artifacts developed up to the conceptual phase or built as prototypes, the book provides a case study on a packaging machine, showcasing the principles that should underlie all design activities, and the methods that must be employed to successfully establish a design process. The book is primarily targeted at professionals in the industry, design engineers and industrial designers, as well as researchers and students in design schools, though it will also benefit any reader interested in product design. 


Industrial Design Engineering Design Design Education Design Reasoning Design Cognition Design Tools Product Design Smart Prototyping Idea Generation Product Development Innovation Processes Innovation Management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.BolognaItaly

About the authors

Alessandro Freddi is Emeritus of Engineering Design at University of Bologna, Italy. He was president of the Italian Society for Stress Analysis.

Mario Salmon has been working for more than 30 years in the area of engineering design, robotics, automation and packaging machinery, at important Italian industries as well as independent consultant. For many years he has also taught robotics and rapid prototyping at several Italian universities.   

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