The idea mapping board: A tool for assessing design concepts and visualizing a team's use of the design space

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Helm, Kevin; Henderson, Daniel; Jablokow, Kathryn; Daly, Shanna; Yilmaz, Seda; Silk, Eli; Sevier, Daniel
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Pennsylvania State University, United States of America; 2: University of Michigan, United States of America; 3: Iowa State University, United States of America; 4: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States of America
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 249-258
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


This paper introduces the Idea Mapping Board, a visualization tool that supports the formation of shared mental models within design teams during concept generation and assessment. The Idea Mapping Board is intended for small teams of two to four practicing engineers or engineering students. It incorporates multiple dimensions for concept assessment based on cognitive level and cognitive style. We also present results from two pilot studies used to evaluate the effectiveness and ease of use of the Idea Mapping Board and its impact on the ideation flexibility of its users. This research is part of a larger project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that investigates the impact of multiple factors, methods, and tools on the ideation flexibility of engineering students and practitioners. The Idea Mapping Board was created as part of our investigation of teaming as an intervention to help users expand their exploration of the design space.

Keywords: Teamwork, Evaluation, Visualisation, Design education, Design methods


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