Analyzing the cognitive processes of an interaction design method using the FBS framework

DS 75-7: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.7: Human Behaviour in Design, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Filippi, Stefano; Barattin, Daniela; Cascini, Gaetano
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Udine, Italy - DIEGM Dept. Product Innovation Research Group; 2: Politecnico di Milano, Italy - Dipartimento di Meccanica
Page(s): 119-128
ISBN: 978-1-904670-50-6
ISSN:  2220-4334


The engineering design community is debating since more than two decades on the development of models and methods suitable for analyzing the cognitive processes that occur within design activities. An acknowledged model in this domain is the situated FBS framework that describes the design process as consisting of elementary sub-processes defined in terms of modifications on functions, behavior and structures. This framework has been successfully applied to the analysis of the information gathered within industrial innovation projects and to the related design activities. However, it is definitely unusual to use it for analyzing a design method itself, so as to highlight its potential shortcomings and suggest directions of further development. In this paper, the authors investigate this original application through a detailed examination of the IDIM, an interaction design integrated method aimed at generating and validating innovative design suggestions related to interaction issues. The highlighted criticalities are discussed and some suggestions for possible IDIM improvements are depicted.

Keywords: Design methods, human behavior in design, user centered design, cognitive processes, FBS framework


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