Understanding Cognitive Activities in Parametric Design

  • Ju Hyun Lee
  • Ning Gu
  • Michael J. Ostwald
  • Julie Jupp
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38974-0_4

Volume 369 of the book series Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS)
Cite this paper as:
Lee J.H., Gu N., Ostwald M.J., Jupp J. (2013) Understanding Cognitive Activities in Parametric Design. In: Zhang J., Sun C. (eds) Global Design and Local Materialization. CAAD Futures 2013. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 369. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Parametric design offers a new paradigm in the field of Computer-Aided Design; a paradigm focused on the potential for producing design variations. However, despite this potential, the cognitive activities associated with parametric design are not well understood. The authors of this paper present a formal method for capturing cognitive activities via protocol analysis. To support the interpretation of this method, this paper evaluates creativity implicit in design products by way of a consensual assessment technique. The findings identify two cognitive activities (‘making generation’ and ‘changing existing parameters’) as potential critical to divergent thinking and the restructuring of design components. These activities facilitate the generative aspects of parametric design. The paper concludes with a discussion of three cognitive levels (physical, perceptual and conceptual) that support an understanding of cognitive activities in parametric design.

Keywords

Parametric design CAD Cognitive activity Protocol analysis Consensual assessment technique 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ju Hyun Lee
    • 1
  • Ning Gu
    • 1
  • Michael J. Ostwald
    • 1
  • Julie Jupp
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia