Enhancing visual thinking in a toy design course using freehand sketching

Elkin Taborda, Senthil K. Chandrasegaran, Lorraine Kisselburgh, Tahira Reid, Karthik Ramani

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Resumen

Engineering graduates in advancing economies are not only expected to have engineering knowledge, but also use them in creative and innovative ways. The importance of visual thinking has been critical for creativity and innovation in design. However, today's engineering students are proficient in detailed design tools but lacking in conceptual design and ideation, and engineering curricula needs to develop a more effective framework for teaching visual thinking. In this paper, we report our efforts to embed principles of design thinking and visual thinking practices, like McKim's "seeing, imagining and drawing" cycle [1]. We use a toy design course in mechanical engineering for our pilot study as a scaffold for introducing these principles in an engaging, creative, and fun environment. We introduced freehand sketching as a tool for visual thinking during the design and communication of concepts. We also report the impact of these changes through information gleaned from student feedback surveys and analysis of design notebooks. We use our findings to propose ways to provide the students with a set of balanced techniques that help them in visual thinking, communication, and design. An improved implementation of this experience is discussed and future work is proposed to overcome barriers to thinking and communication.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
Páginas267-276
Número de páginas10
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2012
Publicado de forma externa
EventoASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012 - Chicago, IL, Estados Unidos
Duración: 12 ago. 201212 ago. 2012

Serie de la publicación

NombreProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volumen7

Conferencia

ConferenciaASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadChicago, IL
Período12/08/1212/08/12

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