Design for Transport: A User-Centred Approach to Vehicle Design and Travel

Michael Tovey (Editor)

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    The central premise of Design for Transport is that the designer's role is to approach design for transport from the point of view of the user. People have a collection of wants and needs and a significant proportion of them are to do with their requirements for mobility. The authors show how creative designers can take a user-focused approach for a wide range of types of transport products and systems. In so doing their starting point is one of creative dissatisfaction with what is currently available, and their specialist capability is in imagining and developing new solutions which respond to that opportunity. How this is tackled varies depending on the context, and the variety of solutions produced reflects the different aspirations and needs of the people they are designing for. The chapters cover user needs and transport, design and the transport system, transport design case studies, and the case for the automobile. A conclusion briefly signals what the future for transport design might be. Lavishly illustrated throughout in four-colour, Design for Transport, is an imaginative and rigorous guide to how designers can take a user-centred and socially responsible approach to tackling a range of types of transport, from systems to products and from bicycles to automobiles, demonstrating a rich array of solutions through case studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFarnham, UK
    Number of pages406
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3155-7667-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4094-3325-5
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2012

    Publication series

    NameDesign for Social Responsibility

    Bibliographical note

    Author (editor's) note: This is the first book on transport design to take as its starting point user needs. It is part of the Gower ‘design for social responsibility’ series.
    Rigour: -
    It is a piece of serious applied scholarship with Tovey as principal author and editor, and a range of other academics as contributing authors.
    Originality: -
    It is the first book on design to employ a user-centred approach to vehicle design and travel.


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