A Method of Design Improvement with the Structured Product Concept

  • Ichiro Hirata
  • Toshiki Yamaoka
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4554)


The product development in service science will become important for manufacturing industry. Therefore, the introduction of the "service science" concept is necessary in product development. This paper proposes a design improvement method based on HCD (Human Centered Design) concept, which can be introduced to middle/small enterprises, with the structured product concept. A case study of the operation panel design of home security system is discussed in this paper. This method is effective not only in making new products but also in improving developed products. Making a structured product concept is also effective to get consensus among the developers.


Human Centered Design Usability Product concept 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ichiro Hirata
    • 1
  • Toshiki Yamaoka
    • 2
  1. 1.Product Innovation Dept, Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology, 3-1-12, Suma-Ku, Kobe City, HyogoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Design and Information Sciences, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University, 930 Sakaedani, Wakayama City, WakayamaJapan

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