'Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.'

Charles Eames

'To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.'
Milton Glaser

Product Lifecycle

Activity 1 - Review the video below and note down the issues it raises

While watching the video use pen and paper to note down any issues it raises or thoughts you have about the environmental impacts or journey the product takes.




How is the product reused? 2 points

What (if any) dammage to the environment does the product do? 2 points

In which ways does the product support the environment? 2 points

How does the product benifit people? 2 points

Why is the product worth being made? 2 points


 Describe the lifecycle of a burger carton from material extraction - disposal

 8 points

Although a flip-flop is not a graphic product itself this informative and interesting video demonstrates many ecological and social issues concerning product lifecycle.

Activity 2 - Lifecycle analysis



Use the image below to help you write a 300 word life cycle analysis of an everyday product.


Choose a bottle, plastic bag, pen, bycycle etc


Think carefully about where all of the components are sourced, i.e. a bike may use metal, plastic, gel, oil and rubber to make it.


Give examples and explainations using as much technical languge as you can.


12 points

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