DS 48: Proceedings DESIGN 2008, the 10th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2008
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Elsen, C.; Leclercq, P.
Section: Industrial design
Page(s): 1207 - 1218


This paper is interested in the extent to which sketches and 3D representations are important in today's design process, particularly during the preliminary creative phases of product design. We question the relevance of sketches within systems of external representations and amongst the infinite possibilities offered by CAD tools. This exploratory research is conducted through 3 steps: an information gathering step where we assess the current state of art, a direct contact with designers through interviews and the testing of the existing theories through pragmatic experimentation. The project’s goal is to objectivize a Human Machine Interaction that could effectively and efficiently support the product designers in their creative phases.

Keywords: product design sketches, 3D representations, sketch based interface


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