The effect of remote collaborative work on design processes during the pandemic

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Ozturk P., Avci C., Kaya Ç.

Strategic Design Research Journal, vol.14, no.1, pp.114-123, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4013/sdrj.2021.141.10
  • Journal Name: Strategic Design Research Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Fuente Academica Plus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.114-123
  • Keywords: Collaboration, Design Process, Pandemic, Remote Collaboration, Virtual Design
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos. All rights reserved.At the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 spread rapidly all over the world. Social distancing has been one of the measures taken to prevent the disease from spreading, meaning employees and students have been forced to work remotely using communication tools. Within the design field, professionals and students working remotely were limited to using communication tools developed during the design process, finding ways to use these facilities in accordance with their practice routines in the physical environment. In this article, the tools used to conduct collaborative design processes remotely during the pandemic were examined through a questionnaire study. Even though designers have had to work digitally to maintain workflow during this period, positive experiences were observed when using the special tools. However, the transfer of tacit knowledge was restricted in design projects due to limited spatial communication. While many designers discovered they could already use the available tailored tools, many improvements were suggested through needs that were previously unknown becoming explicit.