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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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
EventEUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling - Annecy, France
Duration: 11 Jun 200813 Jun 2008


ConferenceEUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling
CityAnnecy, France


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


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