DETERMINATION OF CHARACTERISTICS AND ATTRIBUTES THAT ALLOW THE EFFICIENCY OF TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR THE CREATIVE STAGE OF DESIGN PROCESS
DS 82: 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
Editor: Guy Bingham, Darren Southee, John McCardle, Ahmed Kovacevic, Erik Bohemia, Brian Parkinson
Author: Acuna, Alejandro
Institution: Department of Industrial Design of Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico
Section: Technology and Knowledge Transfer
The main objective of this research is to analyze the performance of design software to support the first stage of the product design process. To achieve this, a pilot study was developed to evaluate the efficiency of three design software commonly used in the creative phase of the design process, through an exercise of representation and conceptual exploration. Due to that this problem has been poorly studied, the study was exploratory, focusing on the ability to represent the first ideas in the selected software, leaving aside everything related to the mental activity of the designer. Based on the study, we can say that there are a number of features and attributes that allow certain technological tools to be efficient for representation and development of the first ideas in the creative stage of product design.