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Design Computing and Cognition ’06

pp 83-102

EXPLORATION THROUGH DRAWINGS IN THE CONCEPTUAL STAGE OF PRODUCT DESIGN

  • MIQUEL PRATSAffiliated withThe Open University
  • , CHRIS F EARLAffiliated withThe Open University

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Abstract

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 abstracttion. 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.