Gearing up! A designer-focused evaluation of ideation tools for connected products

Dries De Roeck, Pieter Jan Stappers, Achiel Standaert

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When physical products become increasingly digitally connected, the traditional design space of an industrial designer becomes a blend of physical and digital elements. As a consequence of this evolution, products become a network of tangible artifacts and intangible services. While this opens a lot of design opportunities, it becomes challenging to keep track of the user and system interactions during the ideation process. Therefore, there is a need to revise the design ideation and conceptualisation tools available to design products and systems that allow interaction with both digital and physical product elements. Starting by identifying the challenges currently faced by designers, the research presented in this paper introduces and compares two creativity support tools that focus on the generation and definition of connected products. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the comparison results in a set of requirements of what a creativity support tool for connected products concept generation should consist of in order to be useful for industrial designers. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2542-4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2014
Event8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014


Conference8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014


  • Connected products
  • Idea enrichment
  • Internet
  • Tools


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