Design function deployment - a design system for the future

S. Sivaloganathan, N. F.O. Evbuomwan, A. Jebb, H. P. Wynn

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The manufacturing industry is currently faced with the need to compete in terms of quality, cost and time to market, irrespective of the product. This has culminated in the drive to adopt concurrent design approaches to product development. In this regard, the design activity is considered to be pivotal. This paper discusses design function deployment (DFD), a comprehensive design system developed at the Engineering Design Centre, City University, London. It examines, inter-alia, the main contributors to its development, namely: quality function deployment, design models and methods and concurrent engineering, as well as other associated research work. The paper concludes with a description of the DFD design system and model, as well as key areas for further design research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-470
Number of pages24
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • concurrent engineering
  • design function
  • design methods
  • engineering design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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