DEVELOPING RESEARCH INFORMED PRODUCT DESIGN RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE USE OF SKETCHES, DRAWINGS, MODELS AND PROTOTOYPES

DS82: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE15), Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise, Loughborough, UK, 03-04.09.2015

Year: 2015
Editor: Guy Bingham, Darren Southee, John McCardle, Ahmed Kovacevic, Erik Bohemia, Brian Parkinson
Author: Evans, Mark
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University
Section: Enterprise
Page(s): 468-473
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9

Abstract

The use of sketches, drawings, models and prototypes lie at the heart of teaching and learning in
product/industrial design education. Whilst numerous text books are available to support the
development of technique, particularly in sketching and drawing, their contextualisation within the
product development process remains problematic. This paper presents three case studies in which
academic research in the use of design representations was translated into open access resources
through print production, video, web, app and PDF download. The areas of research focused on the
impact of emerging technologies and supporting communication/understanding through the use of
design representations. The case studies discuss Digital Industrial Design (a web-based resource for
entirely digital modelling methods); CoLab (a designer/engineer web-based collaboration tool); and iD
Cards (a tool to support communication and understanding using a graphic design solution embedded
as an iPhone/Android app, pdf download, physical cards, video). The paper concludes that whilst
considerable effort may be required to translate academic research into resources for the educator
community, this step performs an essential role in terms of access, validation and impact.

Keywords: Case studies, sketches, drawings, models, prototypes.

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