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Exploratory making: Shape, structure and motion

Harrison, Laura; Earl, Christopher and Eckert, Claudia (2015). Exploratory making: Shape, structure and motion. Design Studies, 41(A) pp. 51–78.

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Exploratory making activities can support the reasoning processes through which new designs are developed. With a focus on physical model-making of kinematic designs, this paper considers how these activities and processes can be articulated using formal generative rules. For kinematic designs where connections between parts afford relative motions, rule-based descriptions defining variable spatial relationships can both construct and transform models. Through modifying both shape and structure, spatial relations essential for achieving the motion characteristics of a kinematic design are identified. Unsuccessful modifications support discovery of limits to design changes, illuminate how designs work, and inform the generation of new design variations. The need for active manipulation of physical models, both to examine motions and to implement design changes, is highlighted.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0142-694X
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Extra Information: Special Issue: Computational Making
Keywords: kinematic designs; design method; creative design; reasoning; reflective practice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 44855
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 09:08
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 14:40
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