Design tools as agents of disclosure.

Smyth, Michael (2000) Design tools as agents of disclosure. Knowledge Based Systems, 13 (1). pp. 27-35. ISSN 0950-7051

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This paper investigates the nature and use of existing tools during a design task as a means of gathering information concerning practitioners' conception of that activity. Three case studies are reported and a number of conclusions are drawn concerning the nature of design tools and in particular the interdependencies revealed between freehand drawing, physical modelling and CAD. The role of visualisation within design is considered in the context of its support by these tools and critically how the various techniques developed by the designers' impact on their conception of the design activity. The paper concludes by considering the relationship between designer and technology as a co-operative partnership and outlines a number of nascent requirements for the design of technology aimed at supporting the early creative phase of design

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0950-7051
Electronic ISSN: 1872-7409
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design tools; CAD; co-operation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3097
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010 15:00
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 13:54

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