vLog Reflection Design Unit 2

What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

Creating a certain product and naming it can be seemingly difficult, depending on the customer. The customer can feel annoyed, and even insulted, depending on the design or branding of the product. For example a certain word of a car can seem like a very amazing and positive name to some, while to others, it could seem as a insult towards them. When considering to creating a product it is always important to mind titles and other design themes that don’t make any connection with other cultures.

How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?

Most designs can vary depending on the theme and purpose. The design can be visually positive to some and shown as negativity to others. In China, the colour red can be a positive colour, symbolizing loyalty. Yet, in other countries, red is depicted as a negative symbol of evil. However if the need is to visualize a tradition, there is no choice to choose a certain traditions like a colour, drawings and words.

Are handmade products an effective way of minimising environmental impact? Why and why not?

Handmade products can use very effective parts to create something. A good example is wood. Since most industrialised products use steel, iron and other materials that is created with machines, they still have the consequence of pollution and emissions. However wood can solve this problem. Wood doesn’t require factories to create and shape out a product.

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