Abstract

There is a difference in the way designers and engineers usually look and think about designing a prototype. The designers are taught to have more open ended approach, whereas the engineers are more strict about the specifications and syntax. This creates a communication gap in the way the prototyping is approached. In order to improve the communication and to augment joint design capabilities between industrial designers and engineers, a set of cards and a way of using them was developed. It relies on the well explored use of flowcharts, which for some reason have not been used extensively. This paper is about a tool for interaction design, understood by both designers and engineers. Selection of past projects were analysed, ideas from analysis taken into practice, resulting in an idea of a tool in the form of cards. It was further developed during the successive prototyping courses.

Keywords

prototyping, communication tool, flowcards

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Jul 1st, 12:00 AM

Flowcards - A communication tool

There is a difference in the way designers and engineers usually look and think about designing a prototype. The designers are taught to have more open ended approach, whereas the engineers are more strict about the specifications and syntax. This creates a communication gap in the way the prototyping is approached. In order to improve the communication and to augment joint design capabilities between industrial designers and engineers, a set of cards and a way of using them was developed. It relies on the well explored use of flowcharts, which for some reason have not been used extensively. This paper is about a tool for interaction design, understood by both designers and engineers. Selection of past projects were analysed, ideas from analysis taken into practice, resulting in an idea of a tool in the form of cards. It was further developed during the successive prototyping courses.

 

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