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Patrick Le Quement´s little wonder, the Twingo. A reference for anthropomorphic design.
Twenty one years later, the Renault Twingo still holds up as both an very decidedly unthreatening car and a solid bit of industrial design. Seldom are cuteness and aesthetic discipline united in such a successful way. Simple engineering underpinned the car: small four cylinder engines driving the front wheels and an assembly method with cost excised yet done in a very acceptable way. The interior is worth a look too. The large radii are expressive of friendliness yet the overall alignment of the elements is every bit as rigorous as in an Audi or VW. The car had an exceptionally long run too. It was only discontinued in 2007 when the entirely charmless successor was revealed. I am quite convinced that the Mk1 will be roaming the roads of Europe long after the majority of Mk2s are so much spun metal and shredded plastic.
This paper has been accepted for CWUAAT 2014. It will also appear in the Springer book of the conference. I can do a book signing if anyone is interested.
This is the questionnaire used for interviewing designers of rail transport.
How are the needs of elderly and disabled users incorporated into the design process?
What kind of a relationship does your firm have with special interest groups?
Do they work with you on the design of new products?
What methods do your designers use to find out about users of your products?
Can you describe the planned design process?
Idea creation – what strategies did you use to generate ideas?
Translation of requirements – how did you turn the results of your investigation into a requirements specification?
Did users participate in this process? If so, in what way?
Concepts – how did you select the concepts?
What form did this concept stage take?
What role did users take in this part of the design process?
Develop – what activities did you undertake to refine your chosen design?
What problems emerged at this stage?
What role did users have in this part of the design process?
How do you validate your design choices? (using prototypes, CAD models or mock-ups?)
What is the typical lead time for a new rail interior?