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Glossary of Product Design Terms

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There are 12 terms in this directory beginning with the letter C.
CAD
Abbreviation for ‘Computer Aided Design’, which comprises of designing with the use of computer software, both in 3D and 2D.
Certification
The confirmation that a certain service, product or organization meets the applicable requirements or standards.
Close-to-best-known
An idea or creation that only differs slightly in comparison to its predecessor.
CMF
Colour, material, finish.
Commercial sample
A sample product that can be used for demonstrations or the promotion, before the final product will be released.
Commercialization
The process of introducing a new product or service into the general market.
Component
A single, 3D element, which is part of an assembly.
Concept design
Concept design is a phase within the design process in which not all elements of the design are resolved yet, but there is an overall consensus that the product idea is feasible.
Concept idea
A product concept is a design idea that is developed to a state where its broad outlines with respect to function and form are defined.
Consumer driven design
Design approach which considers human perspectives throughout the design process.
Context mapping
A design research approach that takes a holistic perspective on a certain topic. By including people with a relation to the topic at the start of the design process, a context is mapped, which shows the values of all stakeholders.
Customer journey
A customer journey is a collection of all the sequential steps and interactions that a customer goes through with a certain product or service.