Design for managing obsolescence

September 01, 2022

Dissertation that argues that extending the lifespan of products would be successful if industrial designers not only shape materialization and geometry but also the "time dimension. This is about the number and duration of the use cycle of products and the length of the total life span of products. To shape this "time dimension," the author, Marcel den Hollander, presents:
- a new design methodology: designing for managing 'redundancy';
- five new design methods and two typologies to support managing redundancy;
- insight into (the factors that determine) how and when these methods are best applied;
- insight into where and in collaboration with whom to apply these methods in the product-innovation process. One of the key insights is that solutions that are "customized" and take into account factors such as product type, product life cycle stage, different types of circular business models as well as cultural preferences and management considerations are the most successful.

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