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What is design?

Design is a method to conceptualise what is both beautiful, practical, comfortable, possible and profitable.

The design is a method usually included in the process of research and development (R & D) . This is the design of products, services, systems, taking into account aesthetic, functional, ergonomic, technical and economic. The user experience with the product, service or system is the main concern of the designer.

Other definitions of design:

Discipline for harmonizing the human environment, from the design of everyday objects to the development of sites.
Petit Larousse, before 1989

Discipline for the creation of objects, environments, graphic works, etc.. Both functional and aesthetic requirements and conform to industrial production.
Dictionary, since 1989

Anglicism. Industrial design applied to the search for new forms adapted to their function (for utilitarian objects, furniture, housing in general).
« The design (…) must be the combination of an aesthetic idea of ​​the creator of an industrial reality, a distribution network and tastes of customers. « (Le Monde, 12.6.1971)
Adj. From a modern and functional aesthetics. Furniture design.
Webster’s dictionary of the French language

« The design has the advantage of serving both purpose and design. Indicates the specific purpose of the industrial object which is that everything is decided in the beginning, at the time of the project, while in the old object made by hand, the project differed running. And drawing out that, in the project, the designer is not concerned with the workings pure engineering business, but only to the provision and shape of bodies in space and time, c that is to say the configuration. « 
Encyclopedia Universalis 1990

« Design is a creative activity whose aim is to determine the formal qualities of objects produced industrially. For formal quality, we must not only hear the external qualities, but especially the structural and functional relationships that make the object a cohesive unit. «  
Thomas Maldonado, ICSID, International Council of Industrial Design


According to a survey of 131 business leaders in Quebec, Canada.

Here in order of increasing the benefits of using an industrial designer:

  1. Increase creativity
  2. Diversification of product range
  3. Increase in turnover
  4. Developing a culture of quality
  5. Practice of technological and competitive
  6. Introduction of new working methods
  7. Increase in exports
  8. Mobilizing internal teams
  9. Deregulation of services
  10. Increased number of jobs.

Increase in sales

An expert on the subject of consumption.

Ronan Chastelier , sociologist and author, said without his book on market trends:

A study in the UK over the period 2002 to 2005, companies that use intensively the design have made twice as many innovations as the other. The corollary is an increase in turnover, as shown in another study, Danish it: over a period of five years, companies that « do design » have increased by 122% of their turnover.

Achieve success

According to the Government of Quebec.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export (MDEIE) shows the importance of hiring an industrial designer:

Essential tool for economic development, industrial design can make all the difference between success and failure of your product. It allows your company to design products that meet consumer needs and fit well to their environment.Industrial design is more than skin aesthetics, and it requires a global approach, from the beginning of the creative process.

According to a study by Industry Canada :

More than 80 per 100 Canadian businesses of all sizes have found a marked improvement in the satisfaction of customer needs and product quality as a result of the adoption of advanced technologies and processes (CDP Design and Product Development).

Increase profitability

The conclusions of Industry Canada.

Strategis – 2001:

An effective and innovative design is a critical factor for economic growth. It is through good design that design professionals are able to increase the value of products, services, communications and physical spaces while reducing costs, improving efficiency and increasing productivity.

Look good

The finding of Leger Marketing.

Omnibus Survey, Spring 2008:

69% of Quebec’s population believes that the work of designers contribute significantly to improve their quality of life.


An article in the magazine Jobboom, here are some examples of products out of the imagination of designers Quebecers:


Product designer and industrial designer are synonyms in that they are both professionals in the design of objects manifacture.

See also


Summary of survey results on the perception and use of industrial design by manufacturing firms in Quebec, Quebec Government, Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, April 2008, 32 pages.

CHASTELIER, Ronan. Tendancologie: Making glamorous Organization Eyrolles, Paris, 2008, 208 pages.

The Design Works! , Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export, 2009.

Inter Design Conference in Quebec

BELLEROSE, Patrick. « Making life better, » Spotlight: Design,Jobboom Magazine , March 2009, p. 20-24.

The state of product design, a study by Industry Canada , 2010.

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