A training strategy for managing distributed conceptual design work

Andrew Wodehouse, Philip Farrugia, Hilary Grierson, Jonathan Borg

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Abstract

This paper reviews how sketching can support distributed student design teams in the early phases of concept design. When working in the limited communication channels of distributed teams, sketches can form an important way for teams to build a rapport that would otherwise be difficult. This work reviews the performance of ten distributed student design teams made up of participants from Scotland and Malta who were required to undertake a conceptual design task – the design of cardboard packaging for a wine glass. Issues relating to the creation, use and development of sketches were analyzed for a sample of three teams, and correlated to the communication patterns, team satisfaction and quality of output. It was subsequently found that the team who shared the most ‘talking sketches’, resulted in a higher degree of satisfaction compared to the other teams. Results also suggest that those teams who generated the most ‘thinking sketches’ developed a more robust design solution. These findings form the basis for a strategy to train students to manage distributed concept design work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13)
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies
EditorsUdo Lindemann, V Srinivasan , Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Volume8
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2013
Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'13) - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'13)
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period19/08/1322/08/13

Keywords

  • training strategy
  • managing
  • distributed
  • conceptual design work

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