The central premise of Design for Transport is that the designer's role is to approach design for transport from the point of view of the user. People have a collection of wants and needs and a significant proportion of them are to do with their requirements for mobility. The authors show how creative designers can take a user-focused approach for a wide range of types of transport products and systems. In so doing their starting point is one of creative dissatisfaction with what is currently available, and their specialist capability is in imagining and developing new solutions which respond to that opportunity. How this is tackled varies depending on the context, and the variety of solutions produced reflects the different aspirations and needs of the people they are designing for. The chapters cover user needs and transport, design and the transport system, transport design case studies, and the case for the automobile. A conclusion briefly signals what the future for transport design might be. Lavishly illustrated throughout in four-colour, Design for Transport, is an imaginative and rigorous guide to how designers can take a user-centred and socially responsible approach to tackling a range of types of transport, from systems to products and from bicycles to automobiles, demonstrating a rich array of solutions through case studies.
Michael Tovey is Professor of Industrial Design at Coventry University. He was responsible for the establishment and development of transport design. This has now achieved international prominence and centre of excellence status. He was Dean of the Coventry School of Art and Design for 18 years. He pioneered design research, contributing publications and holding a number of research council grants.
Contents: Introduction, Michael Tovey; Section 1 User Needs and Transport: User-centred transport design and user needs, AndrA(c)e Woodcock; User-centred information design for the traveller, Clive Richards. Section 2 Design and the Transport System: Transport planning, Stephen Potter; Transport interchanges and the integration design challenge, Stephen Potter. Section 3 Transport Design Case Studies: Design for public transport, Elaine Mackie; Bicycle design: creativity and innovation, Robin Roy and Michael Tovey; Microcars, Brian Clough; The design and development of Microcab: a case study, Michael Tovey. Section 4 Transport Design: the Case for the Automobile: Designer's role in the automobile industry, Michael Tovey; Integrating design and engineering in developing vehicles, Michael Dickison; Designing the interface, Tom Wellings; Passports to a community of practice, Jane Osmond; Conclusions: transport design in the future, Michael Tovey; Index.