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Understanding the Knowledge Needs of Designers During Design Process in Industry

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Gokula Vijaykumar

Innovation Design Study and Sustainability Laboratory (Ideas Lab), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, Indiavijay@cpdm.iisc.ernet.in

Amaresh Chakrabarti1

Innovation Design Study and Sustainability Laboratory (Ideas Lab), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, Indiaac123@cpdm.iisc.ernet.in

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J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 8(1), 011004 (Feb 28, 2008) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2840776 History: Received February 01, 2007; Revised January 09, 2008; Published February 28, 2008

Product success is substantially influenced by satisfaction of knowledge needs of designers, and many tools and methods have been proposed to support these needs. However, adoption of these methods in industry is minimal. This may be due to an inadequate understanding of the knowledge needs of designers in industry. This research attempts to develop a better understanding of these needs by undertaking descriptive studies in an industry. We propose a taxonomy of knowledge, and evaluate this by analyzing the questions asked by the designers involved in the study during their interactions. Using the taxonomy, we converted the questions asked into a generic form. The generic questions provide an understanding about what knowledge must be captured during design, and what its structure should be.

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Topics: Design
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A model of relations among knowledge

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Definition of data, information, and knowledge (56)

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Combination between the categories

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Relationships between factors in the last group of the category “classes”

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