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Digital design sketching using the tablet Pc

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>The Design Journal
Issue number5
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)763-787
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date27/07/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


As digital sketching continues to emerge as an alternative to paper-based techniques, a qualitative, triangulated longitudinal study of nine-months duration was undertaken to explore the capabilities of the tablet Personal Computer (PC) to support portable sketching during industrial/product design activity. The methodology involved the unrestricted use of tablet PCs by 16 final year undergraduate industrial/product design students for an entire academic year, with data collection through a sketching exercise (participant and expert questionnaires), design exercise (questionnaire), focus group (coding and clustering) and final questionnaire. The conclusions indicate that the tablet PC represents a significant development in the support of sketching capability by increasing confidence which can have a positive impact on the generation of design ideas.