1st Edition

Designing for Longevity Expert Strategies for Creating Long-Lasting Products

    278 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Product longevity is one of the cornerstones in the transition towards a more sustainable society and a key driver for the circular economy model. This book provides designers, developers, and creators with five distinctive expert strategies, detailed case studies, action guides and worksheets that support both beginning and advanced design practitioners in creating new product concepts with long-lasting strategic fits.

    Designing for Longevity shows how expert design teams create original and long-lasting product concepts from the early development phase. It focuses on integrating business knowledge, market conditions, company capabilities, technical possibilities and user needs into product concepts to make better strategic decisions. It demonstrates how, for products to be durable, designers must create a long-lasting strategic fit for the customer, company, and market. Key case studies of products such as Bang & Olufsen’s A9, LEGO Ninjago and Friends and Coloplasts’ Sensura Mio, among others, offer readers inspiration, guidance and real-world insights from design teams showing how the strategies can be applied in practice. Action guidelines and worksheets encourage broad, analytical problem-solving to identify and think through challenges at the early concept stage.

    Beautifully designed and illustrated in full colour throughout, this book combines original research and the hands-on tools and strategies that design practitioners need to create useful, sustainable products.

    1. Introduction

    2. Circular Economy and Product Longevity

    3. Long-Lasting Strategic Fit

    4. Challenges when Seeking a Strategic Fit

    5. Expert Strategies

    6. Expert Strategy 1

    7. Expert Strategy 2

    8. Expert Strategy 3

    9. Expert Strategy 4

    10. Expert Strategy 5

    11. Expert Strategies and Longevity Challenges

    12. The Road Ahead

    13. Action Guides


    Louise Møller Haase is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology and Associate Dean of Education at Aalborg University, Denmark.

    Linda Nhu Laursen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology and Head of the Design Lab at Aalborg University, Denmark.