Synthesising Computational Design Methods for a Human-Centred Design Framework

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Lewis Urquhart (1), Andrew Wodehouse (1), Brian Loudon (2)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom; 2: Loud1Design, United Kingdom
Section: Design Support Tools and Methods
Page(s): 633-642
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ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


This paper presents models that identify two “cultures” of computational design practice. By reviewing the established culture of computational optimization efforts and contrasting it with the emerging work integrating human-factors into these optimizations, this paper argues that there are sets of key assumptions, outputs and tools that can be synthesized for a generalizable understanding of computational design. Furthermore, this synthesis facilitates the identification of key tools suited to computational design efforts seeking to integrate the complex data associated with human-factors.

Keywords: computational design methods, human-centred design, generative design

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