Design Representation

  • Gabriela Goldschmidt
  • William L. Porter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. From the Perspective of Architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Penny Yates
      Pages 3-35
    3. Gabriela Goldschmidt, Ekaterina Klevitsky
      Pages 37-61
    4. William L. Porter
      Pages 63-79
  3. From the Perspective of Engineering

  4. Beyond Disciplinary Perspectives

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 218-222

About this book


"…there is a global network of academics, researchers and methodologists who will buy this book or want it in their institute libraries.” Prof. John Harbraken 

"As the field of human computer interaction grows, this book is likely to be a basic resource.” Prof. Chuck Eastman

Design representation is necessary for all design activity. You will gain a guide to both theory and practical application in this discussion of representation as it occurs during the process of design. Goldschmidt and Porter give you perspectives on representational issues in design that are both informative and evocative of further inquiry. The unique interdisciplinary approach brings a new dimension to the study of representation, benefiting the global network of researchers, students and practitioners in all areas of design. Rather than addressing the larger framework directly, a series of smaller case studies are presented, each dealing with aspects of representation in architecture and engineering. Binding together historical-cultural, cognitive-social and technological perspectives eliminates the need for further reading. Innovative research methods based on numerous well-illustrated examples will leave you with new ideas to build on. International contributors focus on worldwide research activities, offering you more than just an expansion of a single viewpoint. Design Representation delves into the common roots of representation in all design disciplines through case studies, historical investigations, theoretical constructs and programming. If you are involved in any design activity, this will be a truly exciting addition to your bookshelf.


architecture computer-aided design (CAD) design development engineering design human-computer interaction (HCI) interdisciplinary product development programming representation sketch

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriela Goldschmidt
    • 1
  • William L. Porter
    • 2
  1. 1.Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information