Use Scenarios for Digital Design Studios of the Future
This paper presents the results of an explorative study concerning the possible use and development of scenarios for future digital design studios. Although it is difficult to forecast the future, these systems will probably include both the currently available and emerging next generation design support tools and interaction technologies. The goal of our background research has been to study the relationships between the human and application demands and the affordances of new technologies. We investigated the wishes of designers and design companies through discussions, creative sessions and a questionnaire. We analyzed the trends of technology development and range of functional affordances. We concluded that the main designers' objectives with regard to advanced design support are to have sufficient support for inspiration, visualization and validation. Based on these fundamental demands, we developed three different use scenarios for future digital design studios. These scenarios have been tested with potential users. This showed that the scenarios indicate possible directions for further research, communicate possible solutions, and inspire designers in product development.