Creative Sketches Production in Digital Design: A User-Centered Evaluation of a 3D Digital Environment

  • Anaïs Mayeur
  • Françoise Darses
  • Pierre Leclercq
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-85412-8_8

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5166)
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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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Sketching tools for architecture volumetric representation spatial cognition externalization 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anaïs Mayeur
    • 1
  • Françoise Darses
    • 2
  • Pierre Leclercq
    • 3
  1. 1.LCPC, 58, Bd Lefebvre, 75015 Paris & Ergonomics Laboratory - Paris Descartes UniversityParisFrance
  2. 2.Ergonomics Laboratory – CNAMParisFrance
  3. 3.Lucid Group - University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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