PROD214-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Industrial Product Design 1B

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Practical workshop skills, working with wood, metal, plastic, composites, etc., with an emphasis on building models and prototyping. Team-based open-ended product design and prototyping projects on nominated topics. Students will form teams and develop a set of product specifications, build prototypes, then evaluate the performance of the prototypes against the original specifications.

Being a second year semester two IPD course, students will be expected to be familiar with working in groups and the general design methodology process: creating a design brief, varied research methods, concept generation through to product development.
The aim of this course is to concentrate on the aesthetical (shape) and practical (technical) implementation of design projects within the related topic. Design being the embodiment of applied art & engineering combined.
Students will be encouraged to work in small groups in a studio style atmosphere, alternating between creative sessions, tutor guidance, peer reviews, presentations, design critiques and assessments.
The first 5 weeks of the course will not only provide students with the ability to create redesigns of existing products, within a predefined design style/image and in context to design choices related to the production processes employed, but to also study ergonomics, analyse mechanisms and discover technical assembly solutions.
The latter 10 weeks (7 + 2-midterm-lecture-break + 1-study-week) will be dedicated to the students developing their principal space saving design projects in the form of a product of their own choosing (within the course theme) as a culmination and putting into practice of their acquired experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will practice & apply their 3D CAD modelling skills within the design, development and presentation of their principal design project.
  • Students will become familiar with designing a product according to specific styles, corporate identities and brand values.
  • Students will be introduced to the basic principles of ergonomics and discover where comfort and ergonomics lie (folding chairs case study).
  • Students will put into practise their knowledge of production processes and materials in the ideation of creative redesign solutions that are native to the processes proposed.
  • Students will familiarise themselves with the basic planar linkage mechanisms present in folding chairs, recognising similarities and experimenting with variations.
  • Students will develop sketch and proof of concept models as part of the product development process, culminating in full / scaled prototypes.
  • Students will be introduced to the various types of I.P. (Intellectual Property) and understand the language and use of NDA’s (Non Disclosure Agreements) and Licensing agreements to engage with potential clients.


1) PROD101 and 2) either PROD211 or

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Eng Core 222 & 223 Drawing Office
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 West 301 (22/7-26/8, 16/9-21/10)
West 214 (22/7-26/8, 16/9-21/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00 West 301 (21/7-25/8, 15/9-20/10)
West 214 (21/7-25/8, 15/9-20/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 West 301 (20/7-24/8, 14/9-19/10)
West 214 (20/7-24/8, 14/9-19/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
04 Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00 West 301 (20/7-24/8, 14/9-19/10)
West 214 (20/7-24/8, 14/9-19/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 009
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Barro De Gast

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Barro De Gast and Bahareh Shahri

Lecturers are Barro de Gast and Dr. Bahareh Shahri


Computer Labs Term 3 (Fusion 360): 10%
Computer Labs Term 4 (Photoshop): 10%
Studio labs Weeks 2-5: 20%
Research & concepts presentation of principal design project Week 7: 10%
Final presentation of principal design project, Exam week (tba): 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Per Mollerup. Collapsibles, the genius of space-saving design. Thames & Hudson (2006). ISBN-10: 0500513015. ISBN-13: 978-0500513019


Updated Description: Aesthetical, ergonomical, technical & mechanical implementation of design solutions. Application of explicit & implicit design cues, brand & identity. Linkage mechanisms. Prototyping & model making as design development, verification & presentation.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,754.00

International fee $8,400.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the department and colleges page .

All PROD214 Occurrences

  • PROD214-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021