Designing for Engagement: Using indirect manipulation to support form exploration in 3D modeling

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Designing for Engagement: Using indirect manipulation to support form exploration in 3D modeling
Author(s) Serim, Baris
Date 2012
English abstract
This thesis aims to study the design possibilities for supporting explorative form-finding in 3D modeling applications. For today’s many design professions, 3D forms are achieved partly in engagement with digital environments. Use of software has far exceeded final idea execution, extending to the early phases of design work in which the outcome is not predetermined. This insight led designers of interactive systems support sketching and ideating activities by reducing the risk of experimentation and cognitive effort demanded from user. Yet, there has been less emphasis on traditional design and craft practice that acknowledges engagement with materials and effort spent on work as an integral part of creative process.The notion of exploration in the scope of this thesis attempts to incorporate such aspects. Relevant literature about workshop practice in design and craft has been reviewed, as well as examples of CAD technologies that aid designers. In this light, HCI perspectives on the design of creativity support tools and games have been discussed. The thesis work aimed to concretize this background by building a design strategy and an interactive artifact. A 3D form-finding application concept using objects in modeling space to indirectly manipulate geometry, “kfields”, has been developed and evaluated with users at various stages. The thesis concludes by reflecting on the findings of different design stages and proposing further directions for design.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 82
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) 3D Modeling
CAD
digital material
form-finding
craft
design
creativity support tools
vector graphics
interactive systems
engagement
indirect manipulation
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13947 (link to this page)

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