Are Eco-Design Strategies Implemented in Products? A Study on the Agreement Level of Independent Observers

L. Maccioni*, Y. Borgianni, D. C. A. Pigosso, T. C. McAloone

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Eco-Design Strategies lead to both enhanced environmental sustainability and product differentiation, which, however, takes place only if observers recognize and value these advantages. To study this aspect, a sample of 40 product pictures has been administered to 12 subjects with experience in eco-design. They were asked to evaluate whether one or more Eco-Design Strategies (in Vezzoli and Manzini's version) were implemented in each depicted product. The outcome of the evaluation was an overall fair agreement. Useful information for eco-design is inferred from nuances of the results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th International Design Conference - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 26 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


Conference16th International Design Conference
SeriesThe DESIGN Conference

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  • Sustainable design
  • Product design
  • Design evaluation
  • Ecodesign strategies


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