How Designers Communicate with a Team

What gets Communicated


  • Where the product will go in the context of the space
  • How any working parts of the product (i.e. electronics) will work
  • Design options
  • How the design may look in its environment
  • Working drawings

Production Planning

  • Timeline
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Creating a model of the finished product (to scale or with different materials)
  • A visual step by step guide to a particular process
  • A list of the different parts and their price
  • A list of the different parts and sizes
  • A list of potential risks and how to minimise them
  • List of tasks to be done in production in order
  • A way that the products being produced can be checked for quality

How Designers Communicate ‘the What’ with Their Team


  • Isometric
  • Orthogonal
  • 1 & 2 Point Perspective
  • Plan View
  • Flow Chart

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Production Plans

  • Gantt Chart
  • Production Guide / Sequenced Work Plan
  • Risk Assessment
  • Material List
  • Costing
  • Quality Measure
  • Flow Chart
  • Modelling / Prototype
  • MSDS

How Designers Communicate ‘the What’

Electronic Communication Methods

  • Email
  • Video Chat / Skype
  • Slack
  • Fax
  • Image sharing options (social media & web uploads)

Non Electronic Communication Methods

  • Interview
  • Meetings
  • Post/Delivery
  • Phone call

Your Task

Your task is to match up the what gets communicated with the format it gets communicated in:

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