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POLI.Design - Consortium of Politecnico di Milano


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Lighting Design & LED Technology

Program Duration: 1 year
Intake sessions: February
Program Cost: 7,500 Euro ( $ 9,250)
The course is divided into 10 thematic modules plus a 11th module that can be the internship or training on the fundamentals of lighting product design.

The Specializing Master will be held in English.

The first 4 training modules develop skills in fundamental theories, methods and tools for the lighting design, from the technical foundations to the methodological and cultural aspects to the CAD for lighting: Theory and technology of light, Tools and methods of lighting design, CAD for lighting, Lighting culture and practice of lighting design.

The following 5 learning modules develope advanced skills in the practice of lighting design: Project work in lighting for the show, for the hospitality, for exterior lighting, for the cultural heritage, for retail.

The 10th educational module develops empowerment skills for entering the world of working for corporate and professional training.

The 11th didatic module, alternative to the internship, propose content for the introduction of thematic related to lighting fixture design for interior and/or exterior applications.

Registrations will be closed to the maximum number of students in the call.

Didactic plan:

Didactic unit 1 
Theory and technology of light 

Didactic unit 2 
Tools and methods of lighting design
Didactic unit 3 
CAD for lighting 
Didactic unit 4 
Lighting culture and practice of lighting design 
Didactic unit 5 
Project work: lighting for the show 
Didactic unit 6 
Project work: lighting for the hospitality 
Didactic unit 7 
Project work: exterior lighting 
Didactic unit 8 
Project work: lighting for the cultural heritage 
Didactic unit 9 
Project work: interior lighting for retail 
Didactic unit 10 
Professional empowerment 
Didactic unit 11
Lighting Product design 

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Yacht Design

Program Duration: 1 year
Intake sessions: February
Program Cost: 12,500 Euro ( $ 15,350)
Course Program

A ship, whether sailing boat or motoryacht, is a complex product that integrates several systems for propulsion, living quarters, and various accessory functions.   Every decision about one of the technical systems (hull, appendages, interior layout, propulsion, onboard equipment) also affects all the others.  A yacht, whether made series or as one-off, calls for many different construction techniques and a variety of materials.  Its interior will reflect design language and fashion, while market competition tends to imbue every ship with a certain amount of innovation.  The Specializing Master takes this complexity into account and intersperses classroom experience – nine learning modules that outline different disciplinary fields – with design exercises and visits to shipyards and companies active in the industry, as well as to applied research institutes.  The principles of each field are explained and students acquire the skills to apply what they have learned in their designs.  Their various special abilities are brought together in workgroups that are called upon to develop a series of work projects.

The Master is completely in English. Attendance of at least 75% of the course activities is required.

The Specializing Master lasts one year and is scheduled to start on February 5, 2018.  Classroom training represents a commitment of three to four days per week . The internship at a company in the shipbuilding industry or a design studio runs for 392 hours and is performed full time at the end of the classroom training. 

Learning Modules
The course program consists of eight learning modules, plus a design workshop and the internship:

  • Yacht Design: principles, methods, tools and rules of boat design;
  • Design and representation, acquisition of manual and computer tools representing the project; acquisition of specific skills on dedicated software;
  • Naval Architecture, acquisition of the skills needed to manage, during the design stage, know-how relating to: hull geometry, boat statics, resistance to motion, hydrodynamics, hydraulic modelling, fluid dynamics and aero dynamics, turbulence modelling;
  • Shipbuilding, knowledge of the main construction methods, of the properties and characteristics of the materials used in the boats. Understanding and ability to identify innovations with regard to: material technologies and sciences, construction technique;
  • On-board Systems and Propulsion Equipment, ability to understand the issues related to environmental management and acquisition of criteria for the choice of: motor and sail propulsion equipment, steering and monitoring equipment, equipment and fittings for deck, systems and on-board instruments;
  • Interior Design, acquisition of design skills with strong focus on expressiveness with regard to: distribution of space and functional organisation, historic evolution of interior design methods, quality of finishing materials, methods of mock-up for monitoring choices;
  • Production process and corporate organisation, methods and technologies of production of different boat elements and components: organization of production process;
  • Empowerment, during the structuring of the educational programme an empowerment module will be developed, to train participants on the rationale and dynamics of change at the organisational and personal level, teamwork, relational dynamics and entry in the job market; 
  • Design workshop, integrated design exercise on topics identified during class.

The Specializing Master integrates a variety of learning modules: metaproject analysis, defining the concept, and design exercises carried out in small groups as prerequisites to the planning workshops.  The workshops offer a chance to try out the skills acquired during the learning modules, classroom exercises, and trips outside the classroom.  The workshops are an essential part of the training process, which also includes visits to research organizations, production facilities,  and professional studios.

The internship is required, lasts three months, and is carried out at leading design studios and shipyards.  It enables students to transfer skills acquired during the course to a real-life design or production context and to deal with the world of shipbuilding.  The training project to be carried out during the internship is agreed upon by the Politecnico di Milano tutor and the company mentor.

Several companies where students did their internship:
Ares Shipyard, Antalya, Turkey
Stand By Marijana Radovic, Milano, Italy
Montecarlo Yacht, Gorizia, Italy
F.lli Rossi, Viareggio, Italy
Slyder catamarans, Fano, Italy
Feadship, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Partner ship design, Hamburg, Germany
Luca Dini Design, Firenze, Italy
Cariboni, Ronco Briantino, Italy
Dufur, La Rochelle, France
Studio PYD Picco Yacht, Milano, Italy
Vismara Marine, Viareggio, Italy
Altman Marine, Pontevedra, Spain
Lürssen, Bremen, Germany
Palmer Johnson, Montecarlo


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Transportation & Automobile Design

Program Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Intake sessions: March
Program Cost: 12,500 Euro ( $ 15,350)
Scholarship Allert: There are 6 scholarships left 2,500 Euro each submit your application today!

The Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design is a Master in Car Design of the Politecnico di Milano held jointly with Volkswagen Group and it is a pathway to excellence for those who seek scientifically rigorous training to meet the professional challenges that automakers’ design departments are offering in this era of far-reaching change and radical innovation in the industry.

Reliance on facilities at the Design Department at the Politecnico di Milano, such as its prototype workshop and its virtual prototyping workshop, enrich the learning experience by assuring the availability of equipment up to the task of the Specializing Master.
The goal of this Specializing Master is to train a professional designer to develop her or his own creativity, while innovatively integrating it with the academic knowledge specific to the syllabus. At the same time, the student is expected to experience the whole style-development process typical of the automobile industry. This Specializing Master is designed to enable graduates in industrial design, engineering or architecture who are interested in a career in automobile design to bring rigorous focus to their curriculum.
Professional Outcomes
This Specializing Master produces an innovative professional with advanced skills related to the main tasks involved in creating an automobile’s style. Its goal is to give students the chance to enter the production stream for auto-industry design. This is not limited to traditional roles or companies but encompasses a network of enterprises that interact and collaborate with corporate design departments on co-design projects. Acquired skills include teamwork and conflict management.
Degree Awarded
The Specializing Master grants 60 CFU, equivalent to 60 ECTS. Upon completion, students earn a Politecnico di Milano first-level Specializing Master.

Teaching Plan
The Specializing Master will begin in March 2018 and will end in May 2019.

The Transportation & Automobile Design Specializing Master is made up of lessons, project seminars, workshops, and a final Master thesis.  The course plan consists of 15 learning modules, selected so as to provide a mix that will assure the theoretical and practical knowledge essential to developing  transportation-design projects with full awareness of the context.
Learning Modules
  • Car Design Lab:
  • Car Design Workshops;
  • Vehicle architecture;
  • Hand Drawing & Sketching for Car Design;
  • Digital modeling for Car Design;
  • CMF for Car Design;
  • Ergonomics;
  • Product Development Process;
  • Tape Drawing;
  • Creative Group Empowerment;
  • Culture of Car Design;
  • Meta-design;
  • Virtual Prototyping for Car Design;
  • Graphic Design for Car Design;
  • The intellectual property in Car Design.
The teaching plan has been structured by providing modules in Italian and English.

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Urban Interior Design

Program Duration: 1 year
Intake sessions: April
Program Cost: 12,000 Euro ( $ 14,850)
Course Program
[MUID] The Specializing Master in Urban Interior Design is a professional program dedicated to developing new perspectives on Public Living Spaces in Contemporary Cities through theory, research, design and practical training. It is a challenge to pay attention to the seams between elements in a city, the interstitial spaces: to “mind the gap”, so to speak.
[MUID] underlines the importance of urban voids in the collective life of men and women. The quality of public space conveys the cultural depth of the community that created it. We live in cities and systems of cities. Alone, with many. We are pedestrians, drivers, passengers, citizens, travellers, inhabitants, outsiders, unsolicited designers, unexpected users. We live a time of economic, urban and demographic growth without precedent. Therefore, we have ahead of us the challenge of giving concrete form to the complex spaces that house new collective needs and opportunities.
[MUID] trains the Urban Interior Designer, the professional who focuses on non-built areas such as squares, streets, parks, roundabouts and other undefined urban voids, taking into consideration both the container (built form) and the content (temporary uses). Interior Urban Design requires a gradual approach to public space from its urban configuration to its vitality and role in civic life. It is not the same to "design the void" than to "design in a void.” In the first case we design the urban spatial structure that gives meaning to the city. In the second case, public space is developed and confronted with a people perspective and the temporary nature that characterises our collective life.
[MUID] is an innovative inter-university Specializing Master based on the construction of physical identity imbedded in the millennial culture of public space in Spain and Italy. It's an opportunity to enhance specific professional skills in an academic and professional context in-between two cultures, two methodologies and two countries.  
[MUID] offers the experience of a multidisciplinary faculty of architects, intellectuals, designers and media professionals in a relationship of interdisciplinary creativity. The Urban Interior Designer enters the market with specific competences acquired through a higher education process, ready to blend the knowledge of architects, designers, interior designers and art operators. A professional whose talent is increasingly dependent on the ability to offer hospitable spaces, meaningful on their own and suitable for multiple purposes, many still unpredicted.
[MUID] Expected professional outcomes: the program equips students to qualify for employment in the private and public sector, either as free-lance consultants or as integrated in complex organisations such as:
  • architecture, engineering or urban planning companies;
  • manufacturers of materials, furnishings, other equipment for urban outdoor space;
  • urban marketing agencies;
  • consortia of individuals, companies or other entities transforming obsolete or misused urban areas;
  • public administration in charge of public work and urban equipment.
Degree awarded
At the end of the course, students who pass the final examination will receive a joint first-level Specializing Master in "URBAN INTERIOR DESIGN. PUBLIC LIVING SPACES IN CONTEMPORARY CITIES" from the Politecnico di Milano and Escuela Politécnica Superior Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid.
The final exam will consist of the presentation and discussion of a paper carried out during the Master.
The Specializing Master grants 60 credits, equivalent to 60 ECTS. 
Admission Requirements

The Specializing Master is reserved for candidates who have a Degree in Interior Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Scenography, Fine Arts. For foreign applicants, equivalent qualifications in their respective studies will be considered.

The Specializing Master will be taught in English.

Admission procedure
Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, motivation letter, portfolio with 4 significant works, and have a personal interview (possibly online) with the Master board.
Selections venue: Milan and Madrid, also via Skype.

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Color Design & Technology

Program Duration: 1 year
Intake sessions: April 2018 finish March 2019
Program Cost: 6,950 Euro ( $ 8,650)
The course will be delivered in English.

Ten didactic units and the internship compose the didactic plan. The first four teaching modules, run by Associazione Italiana Colore, are dedicated to developing fundamental skills in terms of the theories, methods and tools of color design. The next five are dedicated to developing advanced design and color skills in five contexts: interiors, exteriors, industrial products, visual communication and fashion. The module Empowerment aims to develop soft skills useful for integration in the labor market in view of the final apprenticeship, which will involve internships at companies and professional firms in the industry. 

Fundamentals: theories, methods and tools

Didactic unit 1: History and Perception of Color. Colors have emotional, cultural and symbolic valences: they arouse emotions, they provoke reactions, they can make a message stronger or weaker. These interesting properties have been known since antiquity. Assuming that the color "does not exist" in the physical world, but is the result of our visual system to a spatial configuration of lighting stimuli, we can understand how its complexity has always fascinated scholars and artists from antiquity. This module will present the culture of color, starting from its history, and then investigating the aspects of perception that are at the basis of its complexity. The perceptual mechanisms that affect the color and vision in general will be examined and understood in order to enable the student to recognize, anticipate and design them. 

Didactic unit 2: Colorimetry and Color Systems. This module is dedicated to the color physics, optic and measurement fundamentals. Although the color is a subjective characteristic, colorimetry allows to measure, standardize, communicate and represent the color of a surface or a light source in an accurate way. We will present the theoretical basis of perception and colorimetry, the photometric and radiometric measures, different color spaces and methods to calculate color differences. As an alternative to classic colorimetry, the color can be selected, represented and communicated through atlases and color systems . To the participant will be presented the main systems in use among scientists, artists and industry professionals: Munsell, Pantone, NCS, RAL, etc. In this module the essential technical skills that are the basis of the color designer will be presented, whatever the application areas on which it will choose to specialize in the future.

Didactic unit 3Digital color. With the diffusion of new technologies, more and more aspects of communication and color reproduction are becoming digital.
In this module we will provide the theoretical and practical fundamentals to manage, view and reproduce the digital color applied to different media. The module aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the processing chain and digital color reproduction (from scanner to camera to printer), with particular attention to the limitations and problems associated with the use of different devices and color profiles.

Didactic unit 4: Color Applications. Designing with color can sometimes look like a matter of personal preference. However, the success of a project that requires the conscious choice of colors is based on the experience, the preparation and the diligence of the designer. This module will explore through examples and case studies the profession of color designer in various professional contexts: from the marketing to visual communication, from restoration of cultural heritage to photography and film, architecture and advertising, product and lighting design and more. The aim of this module is to show how the knowledge acquired in the previous modules can be applied in most professional fields and applications. 

Project work
Didactic unit 5Color in communication design. The creation and development of brand begins with visual identity which, with its set of denotative and connotative symbols, ensures its recognition on the market.Within this strategy, whose mechanism entails the interaction of several factors, color is an essential expressive tool of characterization.
Based on the notion of color as a ‘sensory whole’ which requires cognitive and perceptual knowledge, short practice sessions of inquiry are provided about the above topics, as well as creative activities (based on a given brief) aimed at the development of a color design methodology. To that aim, participants will be supplied with operative guidelines for the development, planning and management of such methodology.
Didactic unit 6Color in fashion design. The course program, in form of a project work, will be dedicated to the definition and the use of color in the world of textiles and fabrics. From clothing to accessories, from upholstered furniture to soft decoration for interiors, the program will teach how to create a textile trend book, explaining the influence of material and tactile values on the perception of color and the importance of balancing colors with weaves and patterns.
Trend books, in fact, are tactile and cognitive tools meant to represent the styles, the colors and trends of the newest collections, essential tools and source of inspiration for the development of future collections of fashion brands.
During the project the students will also analyze the main differences between organic and chemical dyes according to the different dyeing techniques (such as the "tie and dye" technique or some of the most common digital printing processes). They will therefore be able to define a project of their own learning some basic elements of the dyeing process for the definition of final color (considering, for instance, the importance of temperature or humidity in traditional dyeing techniques) and they will also be asked to chose colors and techniques balancing the issues of sustainability and renewable resources with the best possible "color performances" in terms of brilliance, stability and production costs.
Didactic unit 7Color in interior design. The course program, in form of a project work, will be dedicated to analyzing the possibilities of application of a new color design in the creation of innovative retail spaces that may ensure an harmonious relationship with brand values and corporate identity. 
You will experience different approaches to retail design, proposing a new type of commercial space (permanent or temporary) where color shall be an integral part of the experience design, by assonance, identity, or by contrast. 
Similarly, you will develop the themes of material and color treatment of outer surfaces by getting to know their relationship with the interior design and the issues of historic preservation.
Didactic unit 8Color in the design of industrial products. The aim of this workshop module is to provide a methodology to design CMF (Color Material and Finishing) through the simulation of a real project. Iconic products will be identified on the market; students will design the CMF variations according to the author's poetic, the technical and economic feasibility. The main focus of this project work is to investigate the relations between shape, material and color: particular attention will be placed on the finishing (glossy and matte, metallic and pearlescent, etc.). The final output will be realized with the cooperation of companies that operate in the field, which could provide products such as paints, samples of materials, which will help the participants acquire technical skills.
Didactic unit 9Color in the urban space. The lecture is going to address the close relationship between the color in urban spaces and the meanings of the human relationships that take place within it.
It’s going to highlight the role of the chromatic and perception project to improve urban identity, a sense of citizenship and the relationship among different roles. Four cores of this lecture are going to analyze aspects related to the perceptual phenomena into the urban spaces, providing the theoretical basis and tools for a procedural praxis with the support of images, cognitive maps and case histories. 
The lecture will focus on the aesthetic upgrading of buildings in modern construction, to solve their visual impact. It will underline preliminary analysis to study the volumes and the areas of visual noise of the building, in order to design the appropriate collocations of colored backgrounds, modifying the visual and perceptive reading of its surfaces. 
I core: It introduces the chromatic and perceptive project to identify the interplay between skills, established roles and the new areas of action. 
II core: It addresses the issue of the evolution of vision and cognitive perception and the characteristics of the natural environment where they have developed.
It analyzes the importance of colors as an aid to understand the meanings of natural and urban scene. 
III core: It highlights some aspects of neuroscience that help understand the mechanisms of reading the colored surfaces of a building.
It discusses some color projects hypothesis, suggesting the correct tools and procedures. 
IV core: It provides information on the methods and practices of color and perception design through case histories. 

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Fiber Design and Textile Processes


Program Duration: 1 year
Intake sessions: October  2018 ending September 2019
Program Cost: 12,000 Euro ( $ 14,850 )


The Specializing Master is completely held in English and it is reserved to candidates with a University Diploma, a Bachelor or a Master of Science in Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering, Economics or Scientific disciplines (Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics). The Board shall admit applicants who have qualifications in disciplines other than those specified above, if the Master may complete the training of the applicant or the professional skills and experience shown by same.

Polymer fibers now account for approximately 70% of the market and the applications are:

  • chassis for automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, railways and military;
  • structural parts with high resistance and low weight;
  • protective clothing for sporting activities, industrial workers and the military;
  • prosthetics for artificial limbs or organs;
  • advanced home automation.

All this combined with the latest web development: IoT (Internet of Things).

"Smart objects" are the future of integration man-machine and the textile manufacturing process can use IoT for all applications made available by new polymers. Textile fabrics are evolving and most probably, research is the best solution to find a link between aesthetics and functionality.

The Specializing Master in Fiber Design and Textile Processes was created because there is a need to explore this topic by paying particular attention to these types of new materials.

Founded and launched by two centers of excellence: Città Studi Biella with its tradition of technical skills and that, together with the School of Design and the Department of Design, forms the Politecnico di Milano Design System, which is a pool of resources, skills, facilities, and laboratories that is among the most important in the world.

The goal is to offer a unique educational program by providing quality knowledge and skills for designing innovative fibers and new materials including the Internet of Things (IoT) and environmental sustainability, thanks to the local companies involved throughout the academic program and their generous support.


Together with the textile companies who are directly involved, the goal of the program is to increase today’s “textile culture”, necessary for new types of research on innovative fibers in parallel with the traditional "noble" fibers. The program also focuses on the current situation of the textile industry and the skills needed to understand this business and study the various technical applications and design of industrial products.

The manufacturing industry is a solid reference for participants in the Master, a world where one needs to learn about the production processes and materials in order to choose correctly the best technical solution to create an innovative product.

The didactics will be structured as follows:

  • Technicality for the Textile sector management
  • Design and Production
  • Sustainability
  • I.o.T.
  • Internship


Degree awarded
The Specializing Master grants 60 CFU, equivalent to 60 ECTS. Upon completion, students earn a Politecnico di Milano First level Specializing Master diploma in Fiber Design and Textile Processes.

Career opportunities

The Specializing Master in Fiber Design and Textile Processes aims to form a profile able to understand, manage and apply new fibers and new materials for the creation of a product in the various areas where these fibers may be used. Therefore, able to turn it into a consumer product in line with today’s buying behavior and customer needs and make the necessary changes or modifications in order to develop innovative products.

At the end of the program, the student will have learned how the technology of textile processing can manufacture objects or high-tech fabrics which may be integrated with IoT. The student will also acquire the ability to design a product not only from a point of view of functionality and aesthetics, but also from a point of view of production and global supply chain.


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Master in Strategic Design

Program Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Intake sessions: October  2018 and will end in January 2020
Program Cost: 13,800 Euro ( $ 16,500 )


The programme aims to build the foundations of a specific and expert competence relating to the issues surrounding strategic design and to innovation and design of the product-system. The Specializing Master aims to produce experts and consultants capable of carrying out a design and management role in the innovation process of the product-system. In particular, the programme proposes training on integration of product, services and communication components and developing specific skills aimed at improving the overall process quality (that is, production methods and contexts) and that of the results (that is, that of the actual and perceived quality) that set the cultural identity characteristics, sensoriality a sustainability of the designed solutions.

The Specializing Master is structured in theory modules, project and laboratory modules. The path finishes with a curricular internship lasting 475 hours.

Design Modules
These modules explore different topics and draw upon several kind of expertise needed to work on open ended problems and take an active stance in problem formulation.

Strategic design: These modules transfer tools and perspectives about the product-service system design and how design becomes a source of competitive advantage in organizations.

Service design: The present modules transfer the design tools related to development and the innovation of a service. A deep attention is dedicated to the service ‘tangibilization’.

Design tools: These modules explore, through applicative project and business cases, the design thinking tools supporting the design research and the conceptualization phases.

Product service system design: A deep investigation on how design becomes strategic tying the brand identity with the product features and the distributive strategy.

Design culture: A complete overview of the cultural roots of Italian design showing how different traits are nowadays current and updated (spirit of entrepreneurship, the innovation as a cultural act, the product innovation related to the change of meaning, the observation of user-context).

Management Modules 
A range of integrated modules that address the requirements of strategic management, enabling students to appraise the factors which impact on innovation and its development.

Strategic and operative marketing: The present modules transfer the main concepts about the marketing process, marketing organization and marketing analytical tools. A particular attention is dedicated to the 4P orchestration and to the innovation perspective based on marketing paradigm.

Project management: The present modules transfer the basics related to project management as a process of resource allocation and goal setting. Specific attention is dedicated to the differences of project management in big and medium companies and in environments characterized by low or high innovation pace.

Entrepreneurship: The present modules transfer the concepts related to the roots of entrepreneurial activity, the personal traits of entrepreneur, the startup genesis, the lean start-up.

Corporate strategy: The present modules transfer the main concepts related to the strategic planning and to the pillars of the strategic thinking. Deep attention is addressed to how the strategic pillars (mission, vision, SBU, competitive advantages) affect the innovation and design process.

Intersection Modules
These modules explore different topics at the overlapping between design and management where the former shapes the old managerial science toward new paradigms of innovation, the latter augments the grounding and systemic capability of design.

Design strategy: An intensive introduction to the design-driven strategic options. A great attention is dedicated to the interplay between design and technology evolution.

Innovation management: Innovation is a way to achieve a competitive advantage. Specifically great attention is addressed to the barriers to innovate, to the set of advantages/disadvantages pertaining innovation, and to closed/open innovation paradigms. A specific focus is centered on design-driven innovation.

Design intensive entrepreneurship: The present modules – based on updated research streams – show design-intensive entrepreneurship as a complementary perspective respect to the high-tech based entrepreneurship.

Design management: Focusing on the engaging and the management of the array of designers. Specifically the modules show the main tradeoffs related to divergent design management options.

New service design management: A series modules transfer the main principles underpinning the design and the development of new service. The service paradigm is also used to explain some intangible innovation related to products and tangible objects.


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