Tag Archives: design communication

Hales, C. (2000). Ten Critical Factors in the Design Process. ASME, Strongsville, Ohio, May 23 – 24.

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Paper lists ten critical factors in the design process: defining the problem, a working design team, the right tools for the job, communicating effectively, getting the concept right, keeping it simple, making the functions clear, tackling safety, selecting material and … Continue reading

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Chao and Ishii (2007) Design Process Error Proofing: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis of the Design Process, Journal of Mechanical Design, 129, pp. 491-501

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I was interested in this paper for the part that listed communication as one of the six potential areas in a design process. The other five areas were knowledge, analysis, execution, change and organizational errors. Design errors can occur in … Continue reading

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Eckert, C.M et al. (2000) Intelligent support for communication in design teams: garment shape specifications in knitwear industry, Design Studies, 21, pp. 99-112

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The papers looks at how intelligent design support system can help translate designers incomplete and inconsistent specifications into correct representation. The design is handed over from designer to the technicians whi make the clothes. The technicians interpret the design according … Continue reading

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McIvor, R. and Humphreys, P. (2004) Early Supplier Involvement in the Design Process: Lessons Learned from the Electronics Industry, Omega, 32,pp.179-199

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The paper gives a good overview of early supplier involvement (ESI) research area. Focus of this area is in the outputs of the process and not so much on communication, which we have focused on in our studies. Interest to … Continue reading

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Boujut, J-F., Hisarciklilar, O., (2012) Using a semiotic classification to characterise objects involved in collaborative design, Journal of Design Research, 10 (3), pp. 155-169

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In cooperative design communication shifts from asynchronous to synchronous. Paper studies annotations (mostly in 2D and 3D product representations) as means to support design communication. Segmentation between expertise (design & manufacturing) has requested the use of accurate representations. In 2D … Continue reading

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Aurisicchio et al. (2010), Understanding how the information requests of aerospace engineer designers influence information-seeking behaviour, Journal of Engineering Design, 21(6), pp.707-730

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Information seeking research area looks at different information sources where from engineers acquire information. This paper goes deeper into the information seeking area than my research focus, since I investigate information flows, but not focus on information source or its … Continue reading

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Bechky, B.A. 2003, “Sharing Meaning across Occupational Communities: The Transformation of Understanding on a Production Floor”, Organization Science, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 312-330.

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I read this paper again to see what was written about context related to boundary objects. Because of different contexts of designers, technicians and assemblers they cannot simply transfer knowledge but transform it. Engineers have conceptual locus of practice since … Continue reading

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Gopsill, J.A, McAlpine, H.C., Hicks, B.J. (2012) PartBook – A Social Media Approach for Capturing Informal Product Knowledge, Design2012

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I found this to be a very interesting paper. It tackels the challenges in design communication from the same point-of-view than my latest research. The authors have created PartBook that is based on uploading a screenshot of relevant product information … Continue reading

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Antaki, M., Schiffauerova, A., Thomson, V. (2010) The Performance of Technical Information Transfer in New Product Development, Concurrent Engineering, 18, pp. 291-301

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The introduction part of this paper gives a good overall picture of work done on communication. Paper itself looks at communication in new product development.I found a couple of interesting points: The nature of communication in the three companies was … Continue reading

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Brereton, M. and McGarry, B. (2000) An observational Study of How Objects Support Engineering Design Thinking and Communication: Implications for the design of tangible media, CHI2000

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The paper looks at different roles of physical objects in supporting design thinking and communication, i.e. object as starting point, as communication medium, episodic memory trigger, etc. Still, what I found to be the most interesting part of the paper … Continue reading

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Grieb, J. and Lindemann, U. (2005) Design communication in industry: a survey analysis, ICED05

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Paper looks at different communication media used in design communication in German companies. The topic is interesting but the number of participants makes the results rather potential than proven. There are representatives from 19 different companies, which gives a good … Continue reading

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Grieb, J. and Lindemann, U. (2005) Providing communication media for distibuted design, ICED05

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The most interesting content of this paper were the two tables that describe communication media characteristics and design situation characteristics. Matching these two will help in finding suitable communication media for each situation. In our research we have also looked … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V., Eisto, T.(2011) Social Media Enabled Design Communication Structure in a Buyer-Supplier relationship. ICED11

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Below is an abstract of a paper that was published in ICED11 conference. Improving design communication in product development networks can lead to a better design process. This paper presents a new design communication structure in the buyer-supplier relationship better … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V.(2010) Enabling Efficient Communication of Quality Design Information. Design 2010

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Below is an abstract of a paper that was published in Design conference. Designing and manufacturing products requires the production and distribution of vast amounts of information. Due to the information intensive nature of the design process, poor communication of … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V.,Eisto, T., Nieminen, M. (2010) Impacts of Poor Communication of Design Information and Factors Leading to it. PLM10

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Below is an abstract of a paper published in PLM10 conference. It discusses the challenges in design communication. Design information is used in the design process by various people in the development network. Hence, the quality of that design information … Continue reading

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Eckert, C. & Stacey, M. (2001) Dimensions of communication in design, ICED01

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I read again this article when I was looking for some kind of classification of the different communication types in design communication. I am looking at computer support for the different kinds of types. This need for support is also … Continue reading

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Ostergaard et al. (2005) An experimental methodology for investigating communication in collaborative design review meetings, CoDesign, 1(3), pp. 169-185

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Student groups were used to test different communication media in distributed design reviews. The tested media were face-to-face communication, audio and text (chat). The results show that the text based solution was perceived as least effective communication media. This to … Continue reading

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Maher, M.L. & Simoff, S.J. (2000), Collaboratively Designing within the Design, Collaborative Design: Proceedings of CoDesigning 2000, ed. L.J. Ball, Springer-Verlag, London, UK, pp. 391.

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Paper looks at design meeting in a virtual world with avatars. 20% of design communication during the meeting is used on clarification of the idea, 17% to task introduction and 16% to the idea introduction. The coding scheme inlcudes 8 … Continue reading

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Bucciarelli, L.L., (2002) Between thought and object in engineering design, Design Studies, 23(3), pp-219-231

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The design process is cut down to subtasks to make it more manageable. This creates interfaces/boundaries and need for making interface requirements explicit. People in different subtasks have different object worlds which creates ambiguity for the object of design. To … Continue reading

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Crilly, N., Maier, A., Clarkson, P.J., (2008) Representing Artefacts as Media: Modelling the Relationship Between Designer Intent and Consumer Experience, International Journal of Design, 2(3), pp. 15-27

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Paper presents an integrated representation of communication based models of design to create common basis for discussion. It is suggested that models can represent how artifacts (boundary objects) mediate between designers and consumers, as well as designers and their collaborators. … Continue reading

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