Abstract

Pro-active design research project (PROOMU) is an ongoing collaborative research project between the University of Art and Design and the University of Helsinki. The research focuses on studying how industrial design enters into the processes of large technological corporations. This paper is based on documentary analyses and ethnographic studies conducted in four Finnish engineering companies also utilising interviews with both external and internal industrial designers and relevant employees at different levels of organisations within the companies involved. The data includes field notes as well as audio and video recordings of planning and working meetings between Industrial Design (ID) consultant and their clients. Companies are global producers of paper making lines, mineral and rock processing equipment, elevators and escalators, steel products and wood processing equipment.

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industrial design consultant – client relationship, collaboration practices, improving collaboration

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Nov 17th, 12:00 AM

The Ties That Bind: Modelling the Components of Contracted Industrial Design Work Collaboration in Finnish Engineering Industry.

Pro-active design research project (PROOMU) is an ongoing collaborative research project between the University of Art and Design and the University of Helsinki. The research focuses on studying how industrial design enters into the processes of large technological corporations. This paper is based on documentary analyses and ethnographic studies conducted in four Finnish engineering companies also utilising interviews with both external and internal industrial designers and relevant employees at different levels of organisations within the companies involved. The data includes field notes as well as audio and video recordings of planning and working meetings between Industrial Design (ID) consultant and their clients. Companies are global producers of paper making lines, mineral and rock processing equipment, elevators and escalators, steel products and wood processing equipment.

 

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