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MF2112 Advanced Product Design 12.0 credits

This course is a combination of four course elements, all tied together by an overarching design project. Each student will in the end make an individual design of a product, but this design will be informed by several other investigations made in groups of various constellations. The four course elements are; 1) Human Centred Design, 2) Research Seminars, 3) Branding and 4) Individual Design Project.

The product design project are different each year,  we alternate between children products, carpenting tools, cooking equipment and gardening tools. An extra dimension is given by the products being provided as a service instead of individually owned products. 

In the human centred design module you will make a deep investigation of the usability aspects of the product, as well as the context of use. In the brand module you will go deep into your brand to understand the DNA of the brand and create a brand platform that will guide you in the individual design work.


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2112 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is mainly directed towards industrial design. The course content is formed around an individual design project where the major part of the background studies is carried out in groups. In the project, the different findings should then be balanced in the final design. The design project is about a product that is designed to work in a product-service system in a circular economy.

Through the course, different methods and tools for understanding users and their needs and for analysing the results are practised. For example, user studies are planned and carried out.

Another field that is highlighted is the importance of the brand, strategies around brand management and how it influences the design of products and services.

Furthermore, current research in the field of industrial design is discussed in seminars.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  • use methods for user-centered design and have an insight in how the design process can be based on the users' needs.
  • design a brand platform to support the design of products and services.
  • create an appropriate balance between different aspects of design in a project.
  • design a complex product based on user studies, brand platform and sustainable development.
  • apply knowledge of presentation and communication techniques in the presentation of a project.
  • apply current research in the field of industrial design.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MF2038 Service Design or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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"Research Methods for Product Design", Alex Milton & Paul Rogers

"The Brand Gap", Marty Neumeier

Research articles

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Hand in exercises, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Gunilla Ölundh Sandström

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MF2112

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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