Research Output
Influences of Design Tools on Concepts Generation
  Concept generation plays a vital role in establishing a broader foundation in the design process to create novel products. In globalized, collaborative, designing scenario, unambiguous representation of captured ideas to explicate designer‘s thoughts is important in sharing and reuse of concepts. Various design studies noted the impact of design tools on concept generation. However, the results did not detail the influences of variety of tools in
representation and reinterpretation of concepts through captured design documents. This paper aims to understand the influences of conceptual design tools: Mobile e-Notes Taker™, Wacom™ Tablet, and Computer with Rhinoceros™ CAD on concept representation and reinterpretation, during original and redesign phases. Analyses of six individual designers‘ using video protocol studies conducted in original and redesign phases reveal that the design tools had significant impact on concept generation, in terms of the number of concepts generated and the textual and graphical representation of the design elements.

  • Date:

    31 December 2012

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    620 Engineering and allied operations

  • Funders:

    University of Strathclyde


Vasantha, G. A., Chakrabarti, A., & Corney, J. (2012). Influences of Design Tools on Concepts Generation. In DS 73-1: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Volume 1. , (127-136)



concept generation, design tools, representation, reinterpretation

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