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Towards the Development of an Elaboration Metric for Concept Sketches

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Daniel C. Sevier, Seda McKilligan, Ian N. Baker

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Kathryn Jablokow

Penn State University, Malvern, PA

Shanna R. Daly

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Eli M. Silk

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Paper No. DETC2017-67375, pp. V003T04A006; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 19th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 14th International Conference on Design Education; 10th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5815-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Assessment of elaboration in concept generation is critical, as it functions as a communication tool for the designer to iterate on solutions and to convey the generated ideas to other stakeholders involved in the early stages of the design process. Further, design educators may offer feedback to students about the elaborateness of their sketches, so they may fine-tune their techniques and optimize their sketch “literacy.” Although metrics exist for sketch complexity, product elaboration, and sketch quality, a gap remains in assessing elaboration. In this paper, we report on the development of an elaboration metric to evaluate concept representations as a means to facilitate greater understanding of designers’ ideas and their iterative improvement.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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