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How tangible mock-ups support design collaboration

Eva Brandt

pp. 179-192


This paper is a contribution to a more conscious use of tangible mock-ups in collaborative design processes. It describes a design team's use of mock-ups in a series of workshops involving potential customers and users. Focus is primarily on the use of three-dimensional design mock-ups and how differences in these affected the dialogue. Reflective conversations were established by using tangible mock-ups as "things-to-think with." They served as boundary objects that spanned the gap between the different competencies and interests of participants in design. The design mock-ups evoked different things for different participants, whereas the challenge for the design team was to find boundaries upon which everybody could agree. The level of details represented in a mock-up affected the communication so that a mock-up with few details evoked different issues, whereas a very detailed mock-up evoked a smaller variation of issues resulting in a more focused communication.

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(2007) Design research from Northern Europe II. Knowledge, Technology & Policy 20 (3).

Seiten: 179-192

DOI: 10.1007/s12130-007-9021-9


Brandt Eva (2007) „How tangible mock-ups support design collaboration“. Knowledge, Technology & Policy 20 (3), 179–192.