PP Design Specifications

Now that you have a goal, what will guide your product development?

You must define realistic criteria/specifications to measure the quality for the project’s final outcome/product.

You must document the specifications in your process journal and use them to assess the final outcome/product.

The criteria/specifications should be defined after doing some initial research.

 Here are some questions that you might find helpful:
  • What will my outcome or product look like?
  • What type of materials will I use?
  • What techniques will I use?
  • What type of information will I need/include?
  • How will I present the product?
  • Will I include visuals?
  • Do I need to consider any copyright or intellectual property issues?
  • Who is the audience?
  • How will I get feedback?

Writing your product specifications:

  • A specification is a set of considerations, constraints and requirements for a solution: what the solution must or must not have to be successful.
  • A specification is not a description of the outcome.
  • It should demonstrate that you understand the needs of the problem that you have identified.
  • Every aspect of a specification must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Testable (SMART).
  • The specification should be directly connected to the goal. Writing a specification can be a difficult job if the goal is not well researched and clear.
  • If a solution or design fails to meet an aspect of the specification, it can be considered that it has not met the criteria for success.
  • You will need to refer back to the specification throughout the project, particularly when developing ideas and evaluating the final product.

Here is a template that you could use. Not all categories will apply to all products, so choose the ones relevant to you.
DS template