What are the criteria for good product design? [Quora]

by · March 25, 2021 ·2 min read

What are the criteria for good product design?

The criteria for good product design is dictated by many variables. However one variable that continues to continuously change over the period of the product’s lifespan – the product ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (M.V.P).

What is – Minimum Viable Product (M.V.P)?

“MVP is a concise summary of the smallest possible group of features that will work as a stand-alone product while still solving at least the “core” problem and demonstrating the product’s value.”

Other aspects that determine the criteria for good product design are;

  • What stage the business is at; startup, public traded company, launching an IPO etc…
  • Is the product already in the market?
  • Is the product an improvement or an iteration of the businesses existing product that is already in the market?

Good industrial/product design for physical products should be based around getting the product to early adopters/evangelists so they can provide that initial feedback on the minimum viable product – which will allow the ‘business’ to iterate based on the early customer feedback to enhance the initial M.V.P, for a full scale launch.

What are the criteria for good product design?

  • The product adheres to the ‘Product Design Specification’

What is the Product Design Specificaiton?

The product design specification (PDS) is a document created during the problem definition activity very early in the design process. It details the requirements that must be met in order for the product or process to be successful.

An Example of a ‘Product Design Specification’


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