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On design concept validation through prototyping: challenges and opportunities

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Soheil Arastehfar, Ying Liu, Wen Feng Lu
Prototyping is widely used as a means to illustrate and exemplify design requirements and intents and interact with designers and users. This paper aims to review the role and function of prototyping particularly in design concept validation. It reveals that prototypes offer interactive communication of concepts where the sense and perception of design concept intended by users is of primary importance. Our review also illustrates the rising trend from a physical prototyping approach to a more digital or mixed prototyping means. Accordingly, product attributes, whose values are presented by a prototype in conceptual design, are categorized into two major groups, namely sensed attributes and experienced attributes. The values of sensed attributes are directly received by human physiological senses and the values of experienced attributes are perceived through man-productservice interaction. Finally, by summarizing many existing research efforts including the communication of attribute values, this paper presents several major challenges in design concept validation through prototyping. It opens up a discussion regarding potential opportunities associated in this direction.

History

Event

Design Society. International Conference (19th : 2013 : Seoul, South Korea)

Volume

DS75-06: Design information and knowledge

Series

Design Society International Conference

Pagination

1 - 10

Publisher

The Design Society

Location

Seoul, South Korea

Place of publication

[Scotland]

Start date

2013-08-19

End date

2013-08-22

ISSN

2220-4342

ISBN-13

978-1-904670-49-0

Language

English

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2013, The Design Society

Editor/Contributor(s)

U Lindemann, S V, Y Kim, S Lee, A Dong, Y Liu

Title of proceedings

ICED13 : Design for harmonies : Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design