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Sketching in Design Journals: an Analysis of Visual Representations in the Product Design Process
 

Summary: Sketching in Design Journals: an Analysis of Visual Representations
in the Product Design Process
Kimberly Lau, Lora Oehlberg, Alice Agogino
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
ABSTRACT - This paper explores the sketching
behavior of designers and the role of sketching in the
design process. Observations from a descriptive study
of sketches provided in design journals, characterized
by a protocol measuring sketching activities, are
presented. A distinction is made between journals that
are entirely tangible and those that contain some
digitally-produced content ("hybrid journals"). The
trend between 2004 and 2006 is an increase in both the
average number of sketches as well as in the
percentage of 3D sketches for hybrid journals. In 2004,
tangible journals exhibited a higher average number of
sketches over hybrid journals in the user needs and
conceptual design stages, but this trend reversed in
2006 where hybrid journals favored more sketches at

  

Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

 

Collections: Engineering