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Exploration through drawings in the conceptual stages of product design

Prats, Miquel and Earl, C.F. (2006). Exploration through drawings in the conceptual stages of product design. In: Gero, J. ed. Design Computing and Cognition. Springer, pp. 83–102.

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This paper argues that sequences of exploratory drawings - constructed by designer's movements and decisions - trace systematic and logical paths from ideas to designs. This argument has three parts. First, sequences of exploratory sketches produced by product designers, against the same task specification, are analyzed in terms of the cognitive categories of reinterpretation, emergence and abstraction. Second, a computational model is outlined for the process of exploration through drawing and third the model is applied to elucidate the logic in the sequences of exploratory sketches examined earlier.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-4020-5130-1, 978-1-4020-5130-2
Keywords: Reinterpretation; emergence; abstraction; computation; model
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Design and Innovation
Item ID: 7417
Depositing User: Christopher Earl
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 19:11
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