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Interplay of sketches and mental imagery in the design ideation stage of novice designers

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posted on 25.01.2018, 14:27 by Mia A. Tedjosaputro, Yi-Teng Shih, Chantelle Niblock, Patrick Pradel
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This paper seeks to understand the interplay between the acts of pen-and-paper-based sketching and the use of mental imagery. A protocol study of four novice designers was conducted in two different environments: with access to sketches only; and blindfolded and delayed sketches. In total there were eight 45 minute design sessions. This study confirms that sketches and mental imagery support ideation stages in unique ways and both are equally germane. Identified interplaying roles when only sketches are utilized are: supporting, co-evolving, and reflecting roles. In addition, interplay can happen at the exact moment or distantly; and the order of an interplay depends on the designers’ strategy. In sessions where sketches are for externalizing design proposals only at the end, identified roles are: generative and provocative to idea exploration. It is also observed that gesture does not compensate for the absence of external representation, although it conveys important design messages.

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  • Design

Published in

Design Journal

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pages

59 - 83

Citation

TEDJOSAPUTRO, M.A. ...et al., 2017. Interplay of sketches and mental imagery in the design ideation stage of novice designers. Design Journal, 21(1), pp. 59-83.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Design Journal on 16 November 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14606925.2018.1395655.

Publication date

2017-11-16

ISSN

1460-6925

Language

en

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