From concept to specification maintaining early design intent

Ricardo Sosa, Jun Bum Lee, Diana Albarran, Kevin Otto

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Early design intent can be compromised as decisions transition in the design process from early concepts to prototyping and to the final specification. This paper presents a method to support designers in the decision making process in the design of innovative products. Bearing selection in kinetic design is used to demonstrate how implementation decisions made in the late stages can heavily impact the early design intent. An inductive research approach is adopted to analyze a collection of existing kinetic products with rotational joints across scales and domains. The resulting macroscopic decision trees demonstrate a way towards a new type of support systems that can be applied at the earliest stage of functional prototyping. An industry case is used to validate this two-stage knowledge schema representation. This method is viewed as a foundational step towards the development of future knowledge-based systems that help teams across disciplines develop creative solutions and maintain early design intent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICoRD 2015 - Research into Design Across Boundaries - Creativity, Sustainability, DfX, Enabling Technologies, Management and Applications
EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti
Place of PublicationIndia
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-81-322-2228-6
ISBN (Print)9788132222286
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD 2015) - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Duration: 7 Jan 20159 Jan 2015
Conference number: 5th (Conference Proceedings)

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)21903018
ISSN (Electronic)21903026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD 2015)
Abbreviated titleICoRD 2015
OtherSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume 35

ICoRD’15 – Research into Design Across Boundaries Volume 2
Creativity, Sustainability, DfX, Enabling Technologies, Management and Applications
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  • Design process
  • Kansei
  • Kinetic design
  • Knowledge representation

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