THE VALUE OF PROTOTYPES IN THE EARLY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Frederico Rotini
Author: Isa, Siti Salwa; Liem, Andre; Steinert, Martin
Institution: 1: Department of Product Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; 2: Department of Engineering Design and Materials, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Section: Design Methods and Tools - part 1
Prototypes are considered to be efficient tools in engineering design as they help to reveal flaws in ideas and concepts, highlighting problems to be solved. Limited research has been conducted in detail about prototyping activities that have contributed to the increase of designers ideas in the design process. This study explores the use of prototypes to generate more ideas compared to the designers that were not involve with prototypes in design process. It also investigates how prototypes enhance designers idea by involving 45 participants in three separate groups in early ideation and concept development process. The aim of this paper is to explore the ability of prototyping to produce creative and innovative ideas in the conceptual phase of design process. Results indicated that the group of participants who were involved with prototypes in their design process produced more amount of ideas compared to the group who did not use it. It also shows prototypes helps designers to generate more creative and innovative ideas .