How do sketching and non-sketching actions convey design intent?

Senthil Chandrasegaran, Devarajan Ramanujan, Niklas Elmqvist

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Abstract

Sketches are much more than marks on paper; they play a key role for designers both in ideation and problem-solving as well as in communication with other designers. Thus, the act of sketching is often enriched with annotations, references, and physical actions, such as gestures or speech - all of which constitute meta-data about the designer's reasoning. Conventional paper-based design notebooks cannot capture this rich meta-data, but digital design notebooks can. To understand what data to capture, we conducted an observational study of design practitioners where they individually explore design solutions for a set of problems. We identified sketching and non-sketching actions that reflect their exploration of the design space. We then categorized the captured meta-data and mapped observed physical actions to design intent. These findings inform the creation of future digital design notebooks that can better capture designers' reasoning during sketching.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages373-386
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450351980
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, DIS 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Conference

Conference2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, DIS 2018
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period9/06/1813/06/18

Keywords

  • Ideation
  • Observational study
  • Sketching

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