Multimodality through physical digital design

Paterson, Gareth; Garner, Steven and Earl, Christopher (2007). Multimodality through physical digital design. In: International Association of Societies of Design Research, 12-15 Nov 2007, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.



This paper aims to deliver a better understanding of the relationship between physical and virtual, two dimensional and three dimensional representations of form employed in the critical early stages of design. It will present initial findings from observation of practice into how designers move between these representations, and of the kind and quantity of information they choose to exchange between them. Informed by these findings, and in response to the emerging need for new methods of sketching and prototyping in the digital era, it will also present a new proposal for hybrid virtual/physical digital design practice based on a significant modification of previous approaches.

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