Roles of externalisation activities in the design process

Title: Roles of  externalisation activities in the  design process 
Author: Maral Babapour Chafi
Affiliation: Department of Product and Production Development, Division Design & Human Factors; Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
DOI: 10.3384/svid.2000-964X.14134
First published: 2014-05
Year: 2014
Pages: 1-8
Number of pages: 8
Language: English

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type: Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X

Keywords: Design activities, External representations,Sketching, Physical and digital modelling.


Designers engage in various activities, dealing with different materials and media to externalise and represent their form ideas. This paper presents a review of design research literature regarding externalisation activities in design process: sketching, building physical models and digital modelling. The aim has been to review research on the roles of media and representations in design processes, and highlight knowledge gaps and questions for future research.

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