This paper addresses a system design problem of what kind of support for cooperative concept design could be incorporated into a virtual reality prototyping system. We have studied and analysed how cooperative concept design is conducted in a series of multidisciplinary design meetings. This paper collects the analysis of that material and three interviews conducted simultaneously in industrial setting. The efforts of multidisciplinary designers in search toward a common understanding of the product concept during design process are reported. Thus, work done on the product concept and on coupling different interdisciplinary perspectives are studied. It is shown, e.g., that the concept can deviate very much in the early stages of concurrent engineering process. A lot of work is also required to manage the complexity of design and differing opinions of the goal. An understanding of how cooperation in these meetings was organized is presented with implications to further research with requirements of virtual reality prototyping systems.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2nd conference on Designing interactive systems|
|Subtitle of host publication||processes, practices, methods, and techniques|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery ACM|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in a conference publication|