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 BusinessTerms: Design Notes

 " Design is always a compromise."

          Henry Petrosky

Backfire: produce a unwanted effect. to strike not at the foe but rebound against oneself.
synonym:: boomerang

Planned Obsolescence: deliberately incorporating faults in a product or device that will in time force the consumer to buy a new product.
Durability: to cope with wear and tear well, to last.

Outmoded: antiquated, vintage, old-fashioned
antonym: cutting edge

Functionality: abilities, operations capable of being performed and to what extent.
 definitions, rhymes, you'll mine them here

Read the article and fill in the blanks appropriately:

1._____________ has been considered the bane or primary enemy of "The Consumer Society" needing to managed or limited: otherwise no one will buy new products.
A. backfire
B. planned obsolescence
C. durability
D. outmoded
E. functionality

2.This approach can ___________ as it did when
A. backfire
B. planned obsolescence
C. durability
D. outmoded
E. functionality

3 The American automobile manufacturers began to experiment with ____________. It was their foreign competitors who profited. Nobody wanted to buy a car designed to rust away.
A. backfire
B. planned obsolescence
C. durability
D. outmoded:
E. functionality

4. In the IT world, increased speed and ___________ are driving the market.

A. backfire
B. planned obsolescence
C. durability
D. outmoded
E. functionality

5.  With such a fast pace of innovation, new models are ____________ in only a few months.

A. backfire
B. planned obsolescence
C. durability
D. outmoded
E.  functionality

User Friendly: easy to apply or interact with.
synonym: intuitive

Compatible: to be capable of integrating or operating with harmoniously. synonym: in step with

Envision: to picture in the mind a possible future or reality. synonyms: conceptualize, fantasize

Cumbersome: hard to deal with
synonym: burdensome
Shortcomings: inconveniences or disadvantages
synonym: drawbacks
"Let's face it": consider this situation

6.  But this strategy too has its ___________.
A. user friendly
B. compatible
C. envision
D. cumbersome
E.  shortcomings

7. Adding too many options practically occludes or prevents a device or software from being _____________.
A. user friendly
B. compatible
C. envision
D. cumbersome
E. shortcomings

8. On the other hand, even as manufactures seek to remain upwardly and downwardly __________
( so that they can potentially sell to the largest number of clients)
A. user friendly
B. compatible
C. envision
D. cumbersome
E. shortcomings

9. eventually it becomes too _____________ to still use an old software or device ( look at what is happening to the 3.5 inch disk).
A. user friendly
B. compatible
C. envision
D. cumbersome
E. shortcomings

10. Let's face it, how can you expect designers and programmers over the long term to ____________ where or what improvements the future will bring. Thus causing obsolescence and creating new buyer.
A. user friendly
B. compatible
C. envision
D. cumbersome
E. shortcomings

 

 


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