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Developing systems visualisations in design through a typology of visual tasks: A mechatronic case

Idrissov, A.; Rapp, S.; Albers, A.; Maier, A. M.


Visual representations are essential to design. Data-rich representations such as systems visualisations are gaining prominence in engineering practice. However, as such visualisations are often developed ad-hoc, we propose more systematically to link visual tasks with design-specific tasks for which the visualisations are used. Whereas research on such linking focuses mostly on CAD models and sketches, no such studies are yet available for systems visualisations. Thus, this paper introduces a typology of visual tasks from the Information Visualisation field to aid the development of systems visualisations in design. To build a visualisation using the typology, a case study with engineering students developing an autonomous robot was conducted. Through interviews and analysis of product representations used, design-specific tasks were identified and decomposed into visual tasks. Then, a visualisation that assisted the team in performing their design activities was created. Results illustrate the benefits of using such a typology to describe visual tasks and generate systems visualisations. The study suggests implications for researchers studying visual representations in design as well as for developers of systems visualisations.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139805
Veröffentlicht am 28.02.2022
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2732-527X
KITopen-ID: 1000139805
Erschienen in Proceedings of the Design Society
Verlag Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Seiten 1213-1222
Serie Proceedings of the Design Society ; 1
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2021, Gothenburg, 16 August 2021 through 20 August 2021
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 27.07.2021
Schlagwörter Visualisation, Design process, Mechatronics, Visual representation, Design activity
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