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design

the process of translating a product idea into a product which can be produced and marketed on a commercial basis. Though design is a creative process it has economic consequences insofar as a product's shape, configuration and performance affect its marketability and its cost of production. In order to achieve high product variety without involving an excessive variety of components, designers often use common, interchangeable parts and design products on a modular basis.

In order to remain competitive, firms need continuously to review the design of their products in the light of new developments in materials and processes. The technique of VALUE ANALYSIS is used to identify possible sources of cost savings without impairing a product's performance. See COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.

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The innovative design style is unlike anything that has been done before and is already generating lots of interest and attracting blue chip tenants from across the country.
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Versatility and flexibility describe the functional design style of so many offices today," says Elizabeth Rad, a principal of The Ascot Group, a national interior architecture and design firm.
Klynn used his innovative graphic design style and his artistry in helping to create award-winning motion-picture cartoon shorts while he was with UPA from 1944 to 1959.
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As Tamagotchi Connection(R) V3 continues to top sales charts at home and abroad, innovator Bandai America Incorporated today announced an exclusive opportunity for fans to help create the newest hot design style for the world's first and most popular "virtual pet" toy.

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