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WikID aims to offer information in a compact manner, especially targeted at industrial designers. Whilst Wikipedia already offers a lot of this information, there is a distinct difference between WikID and Wikipedia; Wikipedia aims to be an encyclopedia, and therefore tries to be as complete as possible. WikID aims to be a design tool. It offers information in a compact manner tailored to its user group, being the Industrial Designers.

Scope: on what topics will WikID provide information?

Our current article structure is based on three pillars: Design theory, Design aspects and Product domains. We accept theories that can be applied by designers by default. Theories which are originally targeted at another audience should be rewritten as to be comprehended and used by designers.


A diagram with product examples.

To clarify on which products WikID should provide information, a list of five criteria was made to distinguish typical IDE products from other products.

  1. the product is tangible
  2. it is human-made, artificial
  3. it is series or mass produced
  4. primarily for personal or family use
  5. durable, usage over time


Recognizing that the scope of products still includes some of the work of related design practices, such as fashion design and graphic design, we choose to look at a second scope. The problem in classifying this correctly is primarily due to the fact that other design practices also work towards series and mass produced durable consumer products. The most discernable difference between these practices and IDE is that the knowledge used to design originates from very different disciplines.

The disciplines that IDE uses to construct new knowledge.[1]
The relation of IDE to these disciplines.[2]

Depth: when is information design relevant?

Relevance of information depends largely on who is viewing the information and what he or she is looking for at that moment. Yet, as industrial design engineers we appear to have common interests. As individuals it is in our own benefit to communicate our personal interests to the community, so contributors can meet our expectations.

By writing forms we can help contributors to provide us with information that we are interested in, by actively requesting it when they add or edit pages. For an example check out waste container and view the attached form:


  1. Horváth, I; 2005
  2. Horváth, I; 2005
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