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id ecaade03_567_96_newton
authors D’souza, Newton and Talbott, Newton
year 2003
title The (Non) Relation between Efficiency and Choice of Computer tools in Design Modeling: An Automated Protocol Analysis
source Digital Design [21th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-1-6] Graz (Austria) 17-20 September 2003, pp. 567-574
summary There exists a fundamental belief among mainstream CAAD software developers that a designer’s thought process is mainly driven towards achieving optimum efficiency. This paper argues that designers are not as much concerned with efficiency as much as protecting their personal preference for a certain method of object construction. Identifying and providing support to these methods - referred to here as ‘methods-ofmaking,’ is hence considered vital to how design efficiency is defined and how future CAAD tools are created. This hypothesis is empirically supported through a study conducted among 30 design students at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
keywords Computer tools, efficiency, design modeling, methods-of-making, preference
series eCAADe
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