Questions you need to answer (if
possible) when analysing a product:
About the Situation or Circumstances
About the Design Team
About the Users
About the Solution
About the Impact
This material has been adapted from the
MASSIVE CHANGE: IN ACTION website
..... and there are other methods or
strategies for analysing products. This
UK website click here suggests
F A C E and
C A F E Q U E
You will also find more information on a
web page from eDesignEd's NEW PAGES:
January 2007 -
World of Professional Designers: Activities
More information pertinent to Product
Analysis can be found in the submissions
to the AUSTRALIAN DESIGN AWARDS
Perfect Italiano Table Grater
Students need to develop their
understanding of designing and making by
investigating products and finding out
about the work of professional designers
and the manufacturing industry.
This can partly be achieved by Product
analysis, which is really beneficial to
students because it has a direct impact
on their work. It provides them with
inspiration and arms them with
information about products and their
design. Product analysis allows students
to see what exists and compare similar
items by investigating the successful
(and not so successful) features of
products. It is a way of raising
studentsâ€™ awareness and developing
their appreciation of designersâ€™
thoughts and reasoning.
- gives students examples of similar
products to their project, to look at
and investigate and gain inspiration from
- raises student awareness of the
products available on the market
- allows students a chance to handle and
use different products to enable them to
understand them and compare them
- allows students to compare similar
products, to work out what makes a
successful product, to investigate the
use of different materials,
manufacturing processes, styling and
- gives students the opportunity to
develop their abilities to express their
At a basic level, students should be
expected to answer the following
how easy is it to use?
how attractive is it?
does it work well?
is it safe to use?
where would you use it?
what material is it made from?
do you like it?
In their own work, they should identify
and discuss what they have done well and
suggest things that they could do better
A V I S U A L C O M M U N I C A T I O N C O M M U N I T Y W E B P A G E
Is this enough
Please email me
if you want more
- be as specific
as you can