Industrial design knowledge base
Glossary of Product Design Terms
There are 19 terms in this directory beginning with the letter P.
An approach to design that is based on participation of multiple stakeholders in the design process. Designers, developers, management, users, customers, salespeople, distributors, can all be part of the project, depending on the type of process. The goal is to empower the stakeholder by direct involvement in design and decision making, resulting in a strong user input and an increased level of satisfaction for the stakeholders.
An official document describing an invention, that gives the owner the right to use or sell that invention for a particular period of time.
A Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is a board made from a laminate material, on which conductive connections are etched or printed, that electronically link components placed on the PCB.
Percentile (as in ’5th percentile’)
Numerical value that corresponds to the percentage of a population with respect to a specified measure.
Software developed by Adobe, mainly used for digital sketching and the retouching of images.
A small-scale production run, produced to evaluate products before transferring the design to a full-scale production.
The process of managing new product ideas, proposed projects and current projects under development as a portfolio to 1. maximize the value of the portfolio, 2. keep it in balance, and 3. align it with company strategy. By characterizing and reviewing the projects in a company’s portfolio as a whole, a big picture is presented and used to prioritize and select projects.
A scheme that communicates the overall function of a product, by describing the interconnections of all components within that product.
Product specifications (or product requirements)
A list of all the requirements that conform with a product or service.
Project management (PM)
The management process that aims to reach a specific goal within a predefined budget and time frame.
An approach a specific design project. It is a translation of the design brief into specific processes, actions, and deliverables.