Toward Electronic Napkins and Beermats: Computer Support for Visual Ideation Skills

  • Pieter Jan Stappers
  • James M. Hennessey


Designers still use traditional tools, such as pen and paper sketching, for the early, conceptual phases of idea generation and exploration of solutions. This paper compares benefits of the archetypal traditional tool, a napkin or beermat, to the way current CAD tools force their users to work. Some trends in research and technology point toward better support for the creative activities of skilled professionals. Finally some projects integrating those findings into design tools are discussed.


Gesture Recognition Visual Ideation Gesture Recognition System Gestural Input Photorealistic Rendering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter Jan Stappers
    • 1
  • James M. Hennessey
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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