Creative Sketches Production in Digital Design: A User-Centered Evaluation of a 3D Digital Environment
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- Mayeur A., Darses F., Leclercq P. (2008) Creative Sketches Production in Digital Design: A User-Centered Evaluation of a 3D Digital Environment. In: Butz A., Fisher B., Krüger A., Olivier P., Christie M. (eds) Smart Graphics. SG 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5166. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
With their tedious interfaces that impose an encoding sternness, the existing computer assisted architectural design tools (CAAD) too often restrict users’ creativity. Paper and pencil are then privileged in the first design stages. In response to this restriction, we have developed a sketch interface, based on an electronic pen and a LCD tablet, which allows the designer to develop ideas and manipulate drawings. This paper describes our observations of five professional architects working with these software and hardware devices. Our analyses are based on session’s temporal execution, on graphic production types and on drawing area management. They conclude that the proposed digital solution is compatible with the designers’ expectations and really support creative exploration.
KeywordsSketching tools for architecture volumetric representation spatial cognition externalization
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