Product Analysis

Teaching staff

Joan Maroto

Joan Maroto

Architecture graduate who also holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of the Architectonic Project from ETSAB-UPC.

Joan has combined his professional career with his academic career and participated in numerous courses, seminars and conferences. He is currently progressing his professional career at the Juan Maroto Arch studio and develops his doctoral research at the ETSAB - UPC. He has worked at prominent national and international architectural studios and has executed renowned works for both private developers and public entities. He has ties with various universities (ETSAB, UIC, IAAC) as a lecturer and has published articles in a variety of scientific media.

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Course: Fourth

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVI34


  • Learning to design products related to interior design (projects).
  • Learning to transfer and apply abstract attributes (intentions) to products*.
  • Knowledge of product* manufacturing techniques: handcrafted, digital and industrial.
  • Knowledge of the tools (instruments) used in the manufacturing of products* according to their manufacturing process (handcrafted, digital or industrial).
  • Learning the codes for the generation and transfer of information related to product* design.
  • Learning about the optimisation/efficiency related to the processes for product* design/manufacturing.
  • Learning about the links between product* and the environment (social, environmental, economic).
  • Learning to analyse (read) an existing product* paying special attention to the concepts of ‘category’, ‘programme’, ‘syntaxes’, ‘origin’. ‘components’, ‘links to other products’, ‘links to the projects of interior design’, ‘materials’ and ‘manufacturing processes and techniques’.
  • * 'Product' understood in the context of interior design.



Module 1: Toolbox

  • Links between the product(s) and the interior design project.
  • Analysis of the role of product design in relation to the designer-user-manufacturer roles.
  • Manufacturing techniques, tools and protocols (handcrafted, digital and industrial).
  • Representation techniques linked to the design of products (codes for the generation of information) and techniques for the creation of documentation linked to the manufacturing of the product (codes for the transfer of information).
  • Product and handcrafted design/manufacturing.
  • Product and digital design/manufacturing.
  • Product and industrial design/manufacturing.
  • Syntaxes, product-user interaction, spatial and programme-related links.
  • Relationship of products with the environment (social, environmental, economic).
  • Game and product.

Module 2: Laboratory

  • Transfer of attributes (intentions) to the product.
  • Tools, techniques and strategies to be used in the process of product design.
  • Design of simple and compound products.

Module 3: Prototyping

  • Optimising product design in accordance with the manufacturing processes (efficiency).
  • Production of documentation for the representation and/or manufacturing of the product.

Module4: Workshop

  • Manufacture of products.



  • Designs from the perspective of manufacturing.
  • Sets up spaces through the use and creative design of objects and furniture.
  • Successfully applies technical knowledge to the production of products.
  • Uses technology to create products and furniture based upon sustainable criteria.
  • Uses representation methods, such as manufacturing instructions appropriately.
  • Is able to successfully handle complex situations or those which require new solutions both in academic and professional contexts in the field of design.
  • Solves problems and situations that arise from professional development and innovative and proactive approaches.



  • SS5. Excellent command of languages of expression, graphic representation techniques, digital imaging tools, and formal and manual production techniques specific to different fields of design, thereby enabling their consistent application in the experimentation, development, execution and presentation processes inherent to professional projects.
  • SS9. Implementation of design projects which provide alternative solutions and propose improvements based on functionality and viability. These solutions and improvements must also be able to respond to problems or changing situations in advance, through the development of a formal production at a professional level.



  • Observation of participation
  • Monitoring of the work produced
  • Specific tests: exams
  • Realisation of works or projects