Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design

I. Jowers, M. Prats, S. Lim, A. McKay, S. Garner, S. Chase, AHRC (Funder), EPSRC (Funder)

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Abstract

This paper presents research that aims to inform the development of computational tools that better support design exploration and idea transformation - key objectives in conceptual design. Analyses of experimental data from two fields - product design and architecture - suggest that the interactions of designers with their sketches can be formalised according to a finite number of generalised shape rules defined within a shape grammar. Such rules can provide a basis for the generation of alternative design concepts and they have informed the development of a prototype shape synthesis system that supports dynamic reinterpretation of shapes in design activity. The notion of 'sub-shapes' is introduced and the significance of these to perception, recognition and the development of emergent structures is discussed. The paper concludes with some speculation on how such a system might find application in a range of design fields.
LanguageEnglish
Pages151-158
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
EventEUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling - Annecy, France
Duration: 11 Jun 200813 Jun 2008

Conference

ConferenceEUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling
CityAnnecy, France
Period11/06/0813/06/08

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Conceptual design
Computer aided design
Product design

Keywords

  • user interfaces
  • interaction styles
  • computer graphics
  • interaction techniques
  • computer-aided engineering
  • computer-aided design
  • design engineering
  • engineering design

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Jowers, I., Prats, M., Lim, S., McKay, A., Garner, S., Chase, S., ... EPSRC (Funder) (2008). Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design. 151-158. Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, Annecy, France, .
Jowers, I. ; Prats, M. ; Lim, S. ; McKay, A. ; Garner, S. ; Chase, S. ; AHRC (Funder) ; EPSRC (Funder). / Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design. Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, Annecy, France, .7 p.
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Jowers, I, Prats, M, Lim, S, McKay, A, Garner, S, Chase, S, AHRC (Funder) & EPSRC (Funder) 2008, 'Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design' Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, Annecy, France, 11/06/08 - 13/06/08, pp. 151-158.

Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design. / Jowers, I.; Prats, M.; Lim, S.; McKay, A.; Garner, S.; Chase, S.; AHRC (Funder); EPSRC (Funder).

2008. 151-158 Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, Annecy, France, .

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Jowers I, Prats M, Lim S, McKay A, Garner S, Chase S et al. Supporting reinterpretation in computer-aided conceptual design. 2008. Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, Annecy, France, .