Creative Director and Sketchbook Fanatic at Pensar Development in Seattle, Alex Diener gets down and dirty with an in-depth look at Design for Disassembly. With the help of Senior Industrial Designer Kristin Will, his Core77 blog entry lays out the rationale and methodology for a design strategy that considers the future need to disassemble a product for repair, refurbish or recycle.
Fueled by his frustration with a iron that died after only 2 years of use, Deiner begins his story by tearing apart the product to discover that his autopsy takes 67 steps to separate it into 52 parts. What follows is a clearly laid out guide to integrating his methology into your design work. His article is a truly useful starting point for a new way of thinking about product design and is chock full of links to many more resources.