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Transforming shape in design: observations from studies of sketching

Prats, Miquel; Lim, Sungwoo; Jowers, Iestyn; Garner, Steve W. and Chase, Scott (2009). Transforming shape in design: observations from studies of sketching. Design Studies, 30(5) pp. 503–520.

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with how design shapes are generated and explored by means of sketching. It presents research into the way designers transform shapes from one state to another using sketch representations. An experimental investigation of the sketching processes of designers is presented. Connections between sketches are defined in terms of shape transformations and described according to shape rules. These rules provide a formal description of the shape exploration process and develop understanding of the mechanics of sketching in design. The paper concludes by discussing the important phenomenon of ‘sub-shape’ and suggests that a computational mechanism for detecting sub-shapes in design sketches might augment explorative sketching by providing important opportunities for manipulating and generating shape in design.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0142-694X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Design Synthesis and Shape GenerationNot SetAHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Not SetNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Keywords: drawings; conceptual design; shape transformations; shape rules; computer-aided design
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 16863
Depositing User: Users 8128 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2009 09:38
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 05:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16863
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