The aim of this research is, "to investigate how the sports design process can be used to improve inclusive design practice". Sports design (or sports engineering) is the design of sports equipment and/or products that support the athlete (or user) in improving their overall sporting performance (Jenkins, et al., 2010) and (Muller, et al., 2007). In sport, the equipment and the athlete must work together to facilitate sporting performance. Despite limited work being undertaken into the sports design process, sports design is evidently highly user centred. However, there is no design process model that captures the characteristics of sports design as a whole (from project initiation to project sign-off).This research captures the sports design process as a whole, using an iterative process of investigation, data collection, development, evaluation and validation, involving industry designers and sports design students. The outcome and contribution to knowledge is the first design process model to capture the sports design process as a whole. The characteristics of sports design captured in the model include user involvement throughout the design process, designer interaction with the user and iterations within design process stages.To address the overall aim of the research, this thesis investigates whether the user centred nature of sports design is applicable in other design disciplines. Given the urgent global issue of the ageing population, this research explores the applicability of the sports design process model to inclusive design - another highly user centred design approach. This research takes a qualitative approach to understanding how the sports design process model could be applicable to inclusive design practice, involving both inclusive designers from industry and inclusive design experts from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. An iterative approach of concept generation, development and evaluation was followed, with the outcome and further contribution to knowledge, an interactive framework that facilitates designer-client communication within the inclusive design process. This research will impact client engagement within the inclusive design process, increasing client awareness of inclusive design and encouraging the uptake of an inclusive design approach within industry. The inclusion of a diversity of users within the design process will result in a product that not only meets the needs of more diverse users, but will also be usable to those with greater capabilities.
|Date of Award||10 Feb 2017|
- University Of Strathclyde
|Sponsors||University of Strathclyde|
|Supervisor||Avril Thomson (Supervisor) & Phil Riches (Supervisor)|