In Search of Innovation: Grasping the Concept of Needs

By Åsa Ericson and Anna Ståhlbröst.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Based on a literature review the concept of needs are dicussed.We have found that different design approaches have limitations for innovative products due to mixing needs with related concepts.

Keywords: Needs, Needfinding, Interaction Design, Engineering Design, Functional Product Development

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.084MB).

Dr. Åsa Ericson

Åsa Ericson is currently a Ph.D student at the Division of Computer Aided Design, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She finished a Master of Science in Informatics and Systems science at the university in June 2002. Her research interest is in the areas of Engineering Design with an emphasis on need-driven product development.

Anna Ståhlbröst

Anna Ståhlbröst is currently a PhD student in Social Informatics at the Division of Information Systems Sciences. Her research interests are methods for creating and evaluating innovative technology. She especially focuses on developing methods that identifies and takes user needs into consideration in different design situations. The research has a strong relation to a Living Lab organisation in which most of her studies occur.

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