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Transforming shape in design : observations from studies of sketching

Prats, Miquel and Lim, Sungwoo and Jowers, Iestyn and Garner, Steve W. and Chase, Scott and , AHRC (Funder) and , EPSRC (Funder) (2009) Transforming shape in design : observations from studies of sketching. Design Studies, 30 (5). pp. 503-520. ISSN 0142-694X

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This paper is concerned with how design shapes are generated and explored by means of sketching. It presents research into the way designers transform shapes from one state to another using sketch representations. An experimental investigation of the sketching processes of designers is presented. Connections between sketches are defined in terms of shape transformations and described according to shape rules. These rules provide a formal description of the shape exploration process and develop understanding of the mechanics of sketching in design. The paper concludes by discussing the important phenomenon of 'subshape' and suggests that a computational mechanism for detecting sub-shapes in design sketches might augment explorative sketching by providing important opportunities for manipulating and generating shape in design.

Item type: Article
ID code: 13637
Keywords: drawings, conceptual design, shape transformations, shape rules, computer-aided design, design engineering, Visual arts (General), Drawing Design Illustration, Architecture, Engineering design, Artificial Intelligence, Social Sciences(all), Engineering(all), Computer Science Applications, Architecture
Subjects: Fine Arts > Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Fine Arts > Drawing Design Illustration
Fine Arts > Architecture
Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Engineering design
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
Faculty of Engineering > Architecture
Depositing user: Dr Scott C. Chase
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 09:31
Last modified: 16 Oct 2015 17:00
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