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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2008|
|Event||EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling - Annecy, France|
Duration: 11 Jun 2008 → 13 Jun 2008
|Conference||EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling|
|Period||11/06/08 → 13/06/08|
- user interfaces
- interaction styles
- computer graphics
- interaction techniques
- computer-aided engineering
- computer-aided design
- design engineering
- engineering design
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, .