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Tips: Design for life after death

October 15, 2010

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Most products don't last forever.  Products designed to have secondary usages after their primary function has lapsed can add value to the product, and may fill a need that would be filled by another purchased product instead.

Example: Adding graduated lines to the side of a salad dressing bottle makes it useful as a measuring device after its initial use.

Watch out: Trying to work unnecessary second uses into a design can often increase the complexity.  Design a product's second life such that it requires no extra parts or complexity that wouldn't be needed in the original design.


CASE STUDIES
Kodak Disposable Camera
Heineken WoBo
Bird-Electron Recycling Speaker