A typology of design sketches, defined by communication factors: The case study of the Thule Yepp nexxt child bike seat

Jan Hoftijzer, Mark Sypesteyn, Jort Nijhuis, Rik De Reuver

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Abstract

Within the field of industrial design, sketches play a significant role for communication. Sketching represents a language for designers to explore options and support creativity, and to express visions and solutions to teams, clients and other stakeholders. Considering the many different goals and formats professional sketches (and visualisations in general) have in practice, this paper suggests to also explicitly distinguish and teach the various factors that should be taken into account for each specific type of sketch: uncover why sketches look the way the look. Several authors have in the past described classifications of design sketches and drawings, mostly assigned to specific design stages. However these scholars do not specifically describe the communication factors, nor do they provide clues or guidelines for implementation. The case study on which the research was based was executed in close collaboration between University and Dutch design agency Vanderveer Designers, it concerned the Thule Yepp Nexxt child bike seat project they ran, which was awarded with the ‘best of the best’ Red Dot Award and the IF Gold award. The case study has helped to conclude that sketches vary along an extensive range of dimensional axes. Further, the visual database of sketches helped to uncover the various characteristics sketches could have. Correlating (1) specific sketches with (2) the factors defining them and (3) the outcome characteristics together will help students and designers, agencies and clients to better understand and interpret each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2018
EditorsStephen Green, Lyndon Buck, Aran Dasan, Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Peter Childs, Ashley Hall
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-191225402-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20187 Sep 2018
https://epde.info/epde2018/

Conference

Conference20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/09/187/09/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Communication factors
  • Drawing
  • Functions of sketching
  • Sketching
  • Vanderveer Designers

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