FORM FOLLOWS DATA: A METHOD TO SUPPORT CONCEPT GENERATION COUPLING EXPERIENCE DESIGN WITH MOTION CAPTURE.
DS 80-5 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 5: Design Methods and Tools - Part 1, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Frederico Rotini
Author: Camere, Serena; Caruso, Giandomenico; Bordegoni, Monica; Di Bartolo, Carmelo; Mauri, Duccio; Pisino, Enrico
Institution: 1: Politecnico di Milano, Italy; 2: Design Innovation; 3: FCA Group
Section: Design Methods and Tools - part 1
Human movements express non-verbal communication: the way humans move, live and act within a space influences and reflects the experience with a product. The study of postures and gestures can bring meaningful information to the design process. This paper explores the possibility to adopt Motion Capture technologies to inform the design process and stimulate concept generation with an Experience Design perspective. Motion data could enable designers to tackle Experience-driven design process and come up with innovative designs. However, due to their computational nature, these data are largely inaccessible for designers. This study presents a method to process the raw data coming from the Motion Capture system, with the final goal of reaching a comprehensible visualization of human movements in a modelling environment. The method was implemented and applied to a case study focused on User Experience within the car space. Furthermore, the paper presents a discussion about the conceptualization of human movement, as a way to inform and facilitate Experience-driven design process, and includes some propositions of applicable design domains.
Keywords: Conceptual Design, Motion Capture, User Experience, Data Visualization, Body Tracking