1st Edition

Inclusion by Design Future Thinking Approaches to New Product Development

By Frances Alston, Emily J. Millikin Copyright 2024
    202 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book introduces a new speculative design process for inclusive new product development (NPD). The authors offer Vision Enabled Design Thinking (VEDT), a human-centered technological design framework incorporating the use of Design Lens and Vision Concepting, as a way for the designer to ideate and reflect on product development concepts within a deeper sociocultural context. The authors incorporate project management concepts into the overall design process through the development of a new design process, "4-D Algorithm for New Product Development."

    Inclusion by Design: Future Thinking Approaches to New Product Development formalizes the use of speculative design as a means for more inclusive NPD and promotes management of the design process as a needed skill for future engineers and designers. It provides a novel design methodology of VEDT for engaging vision concepting, through the use of Design Lenses in engaging speculative design practices and offers an implementation framework to support the sustainable adoption and use of future design methods. The 4-D Algorithm for New Product Development promotes inclusivity in design while addressing practical aspects of managing the design process in today’s corporate business environment. 

    Those involved with interactive product and technology design, new product development, design researchers and managers, engineers, as well as professionals and graduate students will find this book useful.

    1. Inclusion By Design.  2. Humanistic Product and Technological Design: A Way Forward.  3. Speculative Design in New Product Design: Enacting Humanistic Engineering Approaches.  4. Design Lens and Vision Concepting: Advancing Speculation in Design.  5. Vision Enabled Design Thinking: Incorporation of Vision Concepting into the Design Thinking Process.  6. Enterprise (Organizational) Pillars for Engagement Success.  7. Organizational Readiness and Design: The Engineering Management Imperative.  8. Preparing the Organization for Engagement: Engineering Management Enablers (Leading By Engaging).  9. Individual Readiness for Engagement.  10. Future Directions: Towards the Humane Technology Designer.  11. Application of the 4D Model for New Product Design. 


    Emily Millikin DeKerchove

    Emily Millikin DeKerchove has over 38 years of leadership experience in regulatory, environmental, radiation protection, and safety and health at Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) chemical and radiological operations and remediation. She has held various executive leadership positions in different operational environments and is a proven leader in achieving excellence in both program and field execution of safety and health, radiation protection, quality assurance, environmental, industrial hygiene, safety culture, and voluntary protection programs. Ms. Millikin DeKerchove earned a B.S. in Environmental Health with majors in both Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics from Purdue University. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and serves as an Advisory Board Member to the DOE National Supplementary Screening Program. Ms. Millikin DeKerchove currently provides consulting services to the DOE at the Hanford Site, Washington.

    Dr. Frances Alston

    Dr. Frances Alston is an Instructor at a major university and the Past President (2018) of the American Society for Engineering Management. She is also a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and has built a solid career leading the development and management of Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) programs in diverse cultural environments. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial and System Engineering and a MSE degree in Engineering Management, both from the University of Alabama. She earned a master’s degree in Hazardous and Waste Materials Management/Environmental Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Hygiene and Safety/Chemistry from Saint Augustine's University. She holds certifications as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Engineering Manager (CPEM).