Visualizing making: Shapes, materials, and actions

Gursoy B., Ozkar M.

DESIGN STUDIES, vol.41, pp.29-50, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.destud.2015.08.007
  • Journal Name: DESIGN STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-50
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The increasing interest in materiality currently challenges the long existing traditions that consider visual thinking as the primary actor in design creativity. Shape grammars offer a formalism to represent visual reasoning in design, which is never purely limited to the visual aspects of design processes. Aiming to develop ways to explicitly include material manipulation in a computational formalism, we report on an ongoing exploration of how shape computation extends beyond abstract visual shapes to incorporate material shapes that have a physical existence. We present a materially informed process with shape rules and show that we can apply these rules creatively to explore the physical character of the material. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.