A Holistic View on Ideation and Visualisation Tools

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Eivind ,S
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Section: Design Environment and Tools
Page(s): 217-222


With the enormous development in digital aids for the designer, a key question emerging is which tool to use in which design stage and for what in order to keep momentum in the design process, in particular related to more traditional tools like sketching and physical models. Based on literature review and practical student experience, this paper identifies and categorises a range of visualisation tools, related to the design process, and, since such an overview is missing in literature, collects, reviews and reflects on opinions on when to apply which tool. The findings suggest that one tool should be decisive in each phase of the design process, with the other two supporting the decisive tool.

Keywords: Sketching, CAD, physical models, visualisation tools, design process


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