An Investigation of Function Based Design Considering Affordances in Conceptual Design of Mechanical Movement

  • Ying-Chieh Liu
  • Su-Ju Lu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5639)


Using the concept of affordances could lead the designer to consider the user’s possible actions during design activities, which is increasingly important in many design cases. This paper proposes a model that attempts to incorporate the concept of affordances to function based design in conceptual design of mechanical movement. The role of affordances in the initial design process considers the user’s possible actions to the solution in the environment. A simple example of door latch design is demonstrated to see how affordances can support in the divergent and convergent design activities.


function based design affordances mechanical movement conceptual design engineering design process 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying-Chieh Liu
    • 1
  • Su-Ju Lu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial DesignChang Gang UniversityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Digital Technology DesignNational Taipei University of EducationTaiwan

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