The concept of prototyping purpose: towards a new kind of taxonomic classification

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A prototype can be generally defined as a preliminary version of a final product and it can represent both aesthetic and functional features. Prototyping, the process of building a prototype, constitutes an indispensable part of product development processes. Many classifications of prototypes which use a different range of criteria have already been developed and are known as Prototype Taxonomies. This paper proposes an agenda towards the development of a new taxonomic classification which will be based on a prototype's attributes and its intended purpose. This work is justified from the results of an analysis of 8 existing prototype taxonomies which indicate that there is not a taxonomy that explicitly uses the prototypes’ purposes as its basic taxonomic dimension. A definition of the term ‘Prototype Purpose’ is proposed through discussing the differences and relations to the term ‘Prototype Role’. This work results in a list of 23 explicit prototype purposes which arise from 7 roles of prototyping found in relevant literature: Learning, Communication, Demonstration, Integration, Refinement, Exploration and Requirement Elicitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1643-1652
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2019) - Technical University of Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019
Conference number: 22
https://www.iced19.org/

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Keywords

  • design engineering
  • design process
  • prototypes
  • purposes
  • design methods

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Petrakis, K., Hird, A., & Wodehouse, A. (2019). The concept of prototyping purpose: towards a new kind of taxonomic classification. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1(1), 1643-1652. https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.170
Petrakis, Konstantinos ; Hird, Abigail ; Wodehouse, Andrew. / The concept of prototyping purpose : towards a new kind of taxonomic classification. In: Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design. 2019 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 1643-1652.
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Petrakis, K, Hird, A & Wodehouse, A 2019, 'The concept of prototyping purpose: towards a new kind of taxonomic classification', Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1643-1652. https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.170

The concept of prototyping purpose : towards a new kind of taxonomic classification. / Petrakis, Konstantinos; Hird, Abigail; Wodehouse, Andrew.

In: Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 1, No. 1, 31.07.2019, p. 1643-1652.

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Petrakis K, Hird A, Wodehouse A. The concept of prototyping purpose: towards a new kind of taxonomic classification. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design. 2019 Jul 31;1(1):1643-1652. https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.170