Understanding the knowledge needs of designers during design process in industry

Annamalai Vasantha, Gokula Vijayumar and Chakrabarti, Amaresh (2008) Understanding the knowledge needs of designers during design process in industry. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 8 (1). ISSN 1530-9827

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Abstract

Product success is substantially influenced by satisfaction of knowledge needs of designers, and many tools and methods have been proposed to support these needs. However, adoption of these methods in industry is minimal. This may be due to an inadequate understanding of the knowledge needs of designers in industry. This research attempts to develop a better understanding of these needs by undertaking descriptive studies in an industry. We propose a taxonomy of knowledge, and evaluate this by analyzing the questions asked by the designers involved in the study during their interactions. Using the taxonomy, we converted the questions asked into a generic form. The generic questions provide an understanding about what knowledge must be captured during design, and what its structure should be.