SHAPE IDEATION TROUGH SHAPE METAPHORS
Shape communication was observed in an experiment. Fourteen subject pairs explained the shape of ten objects to each other. All subjects applied shape metaphors, in particular for the five clay objects in the test. The shape metaphors enabled quick explanation of global shape, allowing the details to be explained later. We advocate the development of support systems that can recognize a number of frequently applied shape metaphors, to let human-computer interaction make more benefit of the communication skills of the users.