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Sketching across design domains: Roles and formalities

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2012

Claudia Eckert
Affiliation:
Design Group, DDEM, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Alan Blackwell
Affiliation:
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Martin Stacey
Affiliation:
Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Christopher Earl
Affiliation:
Design Group, DDEM, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Luke Church
Affiliation:
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract

To complement studies on design sketching within particular phases of design processes in specific design domains, this paper analyzes descriptions of design processes given by designers from a wide variety of fields. This research forms part of a wider project on comparisons across design domains and draws attention to the many types and properties of sketches in different contexts. Further, it focuses on the multiple roles that sketching can take in idea generation, as well as in reasoning and communicating design ideas. In particular this paper examines how the different types and roles of sketches can be more or less formal and how this can lead to misunderstandings.

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