Industrial design knowledge base
Glossary of Product Design Terms
There are 8 terms in this directory beginning with the letter B.
Back-end (or ‘Muddy Backend’)
The later phases of a design program, closer to manufacturing. Within some organizations some of these activities are identified as engineering.
Benchmarking (also benchmark product)
An improvement process in which a company measures the performance of its products or processes against that of best-in-class products or companies, determines how the product or company achieved their performance level, and uses the information to improve its own performance.
Bill of materials (BOM)
A list of the components and sub-assemblies with the quantity required to produce an end product. A BOM can include other information like pricing, material, maintenance information, etc. depending on the intended use.
A method in which a group of people tries to come up with ideas related to predefined topic. The focus lies on generating a large quantity of ideas in a short period of time.
Brief or briefing
A document in which the scope and deliverables of a specific project are defined. The document can also contain other information such as inspiration, budget, milestones, etc.