Evaluating graphic products
Evaluation means assessing a product and it is done throughout the design and production process. To evaluate a product, a number of questions have to be considered, such as:
- Does the product meet the specification?
- Does it meet the needs of the user?
- Is it fit for purpose?
Designers need to evaluate their own products and products that already exist.
Products can be evaluated against the original specification through testing. This can be done by using the product, performance testing, and testing for appropriateness.
1. Using the product
This involves asking the following questions:
- Is the product easy and convenient to use?
- Does it do its job?
- Does it appeal to the user?
2. Performance testing
The product is tested to see that it meets its specification. The following questions are asked:
- Does it do the job for which it was designed?
- Does it fit into the place where it is used?
- Does it meet other specification requirements?
3. Testing for appropriateness
This is a check to see if a product meets the needs of the user and the environment. The following questions are asked:
- Does it suit the needs of the user?
- Are the materials used transported over long distances?
- Is it made in the local area?
- Is it made from renewable energy sources and materials?
- Are the use of the product and its disposal after use, friendly to the environment?
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