PD Module 3210

Module code


Moduel title

Product Design II


Product Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

135 hours

Self-directed workload

135 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schade
Prof. Gerhard Reichert

Email address

e-mail address
e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have developed your fundamental design skills further. You will be capable of applying the necessary product design procedures to relatively simple mechanical objects or systems. You will have acquired knowledge of the methods and practice of product design. You will have an overview of the historical context and will be able to relate your work to current developments. You will know how to generate alternative solutions using iterative processes during product development. You will be capable of simulating and prototyping your ideas to test and evaluate them. You will have become familiar with current CAD and image processing systems and will be capable of using these tools appropriately and routinely in your design process. You will be able to assess the relative advantages of sketching, CAD/engineering, and rendering in a realistic design process.

Module content

Methods and practice of product design for the project phases: research, analysis, definition of the problem and goals, development of alternatives, evaluation and selection, realization. Execution, analysis, and discussion of all stages as a basis for a deeper analysis of the relationship between form and function and the significance of this in design practice.
Designing with CAD (Solid Works):
– parametric modelling of planes and solids
– planning packages, generating variations, working with building blocks
– building mock-ups (digital and analogue)
– communication tools for internal and external discussions
– producing accurate data for the final design
– communicating and documenting process and results

Module teaching units

Product Design 2 (5 contact hours)
Visualisation 2 (Rendering) (2 contact hours)
CAD 2 (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

All members of Product Design teaching staff


Product Design I
Foundations of Design I
Foundations of Visualisation I
Engineering in Design I

Teaching and learning methods

Exercises, tutored project work


Project work, documentation, presentation

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Product Design III
Process design I
Foundations of Design III
Engineering in Design II

Recommended literature

Bürdek E.; Design, Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis der Produktgestaltung. 3rd edition; Birkhäuser: Köln 2005 (contains further recommendations)
Selle G.; Design- Geschichte in Deutschland. 2nd edition; Campus: Köln 2007 – auch Literaturverweise hierin
Stetzer H., Reichert G. N., Rurik T.; Gestalt im Projekt der Moderne. Stuttgart: avedition 1997
Hauffe T.; Schnellkurs Design; 4th edition Dumont 2010
Heufler G.; Design Basics 4th edition Niggli 2012
Radtke S.P., Pisani P.; Wolters W. Handbuch Visuelle Mediengestaltung 2nd edition; Berlin: Cornelsen 2012
Hudson J.; process 50 product designs from concept to manufacture; London: Laurence King 2008
Alastair Fuad-Luke; Handbuch ökologisches Design; Köln DuMont 2002
Tischner et al; Was ist EcoDesign?; Frankfurt am Main 2000
Andreas Blank: Produktentwicklung mit 3D-CAD. Durch Raum und Zeit mit Solid-Works. Addison-Wesley Verlag.

Buchstabe D
Design Campus

Five days of trial studies are offered during each summer holiday period. Interested students can apply from late spring at www.hfg-designcampus.de