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Information use in conceptual design : existing taxonomies and new approaches

Wodehouse, Andrew and Ion, William (2010) Information use in conceptual design : existing taxonomies and new approaches. International Journal of Design, 4 (3). pp. 53-65. ISSN 1991-3761

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Abstract

This paper explores the issue of design information and its effect on conceptual design. After outlining the nature of information and its role in product development, a number of taxonomies for concept design information are reviewed and most relevant information types highlighted. A new method for concept design that facilitates the searching and implementation of information in parallel with concept creation is then outlined. The performance of this method is analyzed with respect to the information sourced and used by student designer engineers when undertaking conceptual design work. On the basis of these results, a number of recommendations are made for the provision of information resources during concept design