Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs
The Department of Design, Production and Management aims at understanding and improving design processes and consequently also manufacturing processes. Focal points in this research field are the development of methods and tools for scenario-based, user-oriented product design against the background of the requirements and constraints of the entire product life cycle, and manufacturing facility and warehousing design. 'Integration' and 'synthesis' are important topics for design engineering research, the focus is on understanding and improving the design process irrespective of the product.