Holistic Approach to Product Design

  • S. Saleem AhmedEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 34)


Holistic approach to product design is not new. It has been in existence longer than the field of industrial design, which originated only in 1920s. As there had been always attempts to simplify the process of problem-solving through conventional reductionistic and mechanistic approaches, holistic approach to product design possibly never got the patronage that it deserved. In the current scenario, with the increased number of factors involved in solving a product design problem and the field of product design being inter-disciplinary in nature, it may be appropriate to take up holistic approach of wholeness and connectedness. In our context, ‘holistic product design’ means product design created by emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. Holistic is a term used for an entity that is encompassing as well as interconnecting all physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Holistic health and holistic life are some examples for that. When a designer consciously attempts to address all these aspects in his/her creation in a holistic manner, the degree of embodiment of these aspects greatly improve and often a better product design emerges in the process.


Holistic Product design Whole Parts Interdependence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CPDM, Indian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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