Computational Support for Conceptual Sketching

Analysis and Interpretation of the Graphical Notation of Visual Representations
  • Jeanette Mcfadzean
Conference paper


The research investigates how designers sketch specifically analysing the physical details of mark-making. It contrasts the physical representations with the abstract cognitive processes of architectural design. A new form of protocol analysis has been developed using video and computer records of designers’ sketching activity. The research compares the designer’s post-hoc commentary and interpretations of the sketching activity with the computer’s record of that activity. This process will lead to a greater understanding of the relationships between design events and graphical events.


Protocol Analysis Design Event External Representation Graphical Notation Graphical Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeanette Mcfadzean
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  1. 1.Department of Design & InnovationOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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