ANALYSIS OF CREATED REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DESIGN OBJECT DURING THE PROBLEM SOLVING PROCESS

DS 68-1: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 1: Design Processes, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Clarkson, P.J.
Author: Albers, Albert; Wiedner, Aaron
Section: Design Processes
Page(s): 256-265

Abstract

During the process of developing new solutions, the designer creates different representations of the design object, which have a high variation in their level of abstraction. These representations have great impact on reaching the project targets. Therefore, it is important to understand how the designers create these representations for the problem solving, in order to derive general ways of proceeding. This paper describes the assessment, classification and analysis of designer’s proceedings during the process of problem-solving, based on two examples from the industry. The evaluation contains the created representations, as well as the proceedings for the problem solving. The results show, what level of detail and what scope is to be preferred by the designer, for representing the design object during the different stages of the problem solving. Furthermore, it is shown, in what order problems are solved during the design process.

Keywords: REPRESENTATION OF DESIGN; REFINEMENTS; PROBLEM SOLVING; ABSTRACTIONS

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