Visual workflows for design project knowledge management

Jaime Rivera, Yassine Abouhazim, Laura Mattis, Stan Ruecker, Patricia Wang

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This paper presents the findings of research into a digital learning knowledge management tool that uses an interactive surface to manipulate a design project in multiple stages. The research aim was to understand how designers might replace the traditional model of one device per person and use digital space as an alternative for analyzing data collaboratively. The research involved using one device for multiple users, including multi-gesture and navigability options to organize data and learning that were generated by team dynamics. Two different tests were implemented: a concept test about the general idea and a usability test with different groups of designers, to examine team dynamics. In the discussion section we consider how participants had problems recognizing a single device as appropriate for use in group activities, how the focus of attention in the interactive table took away some of the gestures and non-verbal communication that are common in team dynamics, how the novelty of the device created an initial exploration that was perceived as a game and how using an interactive technology as a tool created different levels of learning that affect the emotional response of participants. The paper concludes with recommendations about future implementations and some interesting patterns characterizing the use of the multi-touch gesture screen, such as the use of digital space as a way to control activities and the deliberate control of data as a way to impose a leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014
Subtitle of host publicationThe Colors of Care
Place of PublicationBogota, Colombia
PublisherDesign and Emotion
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789587740707
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014 - Bogota, Cali and Medellin, Colombia
Duration: Oct 6 2014Oct 10 2014

Publication series

Name9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care


Other9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014
CityBogota, Cali and Medellin


  • Collaborative design
  • Communication
  • Computer supported design
  • Decision making
  • Design activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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