Hidden in plain sight: Affordances of shared models in team-based design

Jonathan Antonio Edelman, Larry Leifer, Barmy Banerjee, Malte Jung, Neeraj Sonalkar, Micah Lande

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Abstract

Current scholarship in cognitive science [3, 8, 18, 19] and Science Technology Studies [21], has reconsidered the role media plays in knowledge gathering and acquisition. While the use of low-resolution physical prototypes has been very successful in innovative practices in engineering design [2, 6, 14], to the authors best knowledge, there is no documented systematic study of this practice within the domain of engineering design itself. Design thinking and communication occur in the presence of representation. It is through representation that group members can literally see what they say, and reflect on what they see. The quality of team engagement is predicated on the quality of the model. A representation or model can be in the form of a narrative, a sketch, a rough physical prototype, an enactment, a conceptual framework, a photograph, a CAD drawing, or an equation, to name a few. We propose that the media which design engineers enlist are cognitive tools which extend and modify their ability to perceive, think and communicate [3, 8, 18, 19]. Furthermore, we propose that the characteristics of the series of media used during the course of a design project are a significant factor in successful project outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDS 58-2
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Pages395-406
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2009Aug 27 2009

Publication series

NameDS 58-2: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Volume2

Other

Other17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09
CountryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA
Period8/24/098/27/09

Keywords

  • Engineering design
  • Media cascade
  • Media model
  • Re-representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation

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