Show simple item record Moalosi, Richie Popovic, Vesna Hickling-Hudson, Anne 2009-11-21T10:51:19Z 2009-11-21T10:51:19Z 2007-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Moalosi, R. et al. (2007). Product analysis based on Botswana’s postcolonial socio-cultural perspective. International Journal of Design, vol. 1(2), pp.37-45. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1994-036X (Online)
dc.identifier.issn 1991-3761 (Print)
dc.description.abstract Products designed and manufactured in any country are influenced by local factors, such as the availability of raw materials, human skills, tradition, and socio-cultural values. The tendency to use available natural resources is in harmony with the eco-system. It is expected that culture plays a crucial role in designing contemporary, socially-acceptable products. This paper describes a comprehensive experimental study analysing several products made in Botswana and identifying the underlying socio-cultural factors that influenced their design. The study was conducted in collaboration with design students at the University of Botswana. Visual and textual data were collected. The results indicate that materials, emotional socio-cultural factors, and social practices have not yet been incorporated convincingly in contemporary product design. The paper proposes how designers can integrate socio-cultural factors by ‘conscious design efforts’ rather than by ‘accident,’ thereby leading to innovative, culturally-oriented and cherishable products with wider product acceptance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Creative Commons. en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.subject Botswana en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Product analysis en_US
dc.subject Socio-cultural factors en_US
dc.title Product analysis based on Botswana’s postcolonial socio-cultural perspective en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US

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