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A Study of the Effects of Culture on Refrigerator Design: Towards Design for Culture

[+] Author Affiliations
Kyle Ellsworth, Spencer Magleby, Robert Todd

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Paper No. DETC2002/EDC-34383, pp. 415-421; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Integrated Systems Design, and Engineering Design and Culture
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29–October 2, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3624-X
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


In designing products, the needs and values of customers in foreign countries differ as influenced by their respective cultures. The authors present a new aspect to be considered in designing: Design for Culture. A case study is presented of the effects culture has on the design of refrigerators in regions of the world including United States, Europe, Japan, and Developing Countries such as Brazil.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Design



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