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Model making as a form of knowledge in the industrial product design process

Ariadna Fàbregas Domingo

Abstract


In industrial design, models are a necessary tool for the development of a product. They are a part of the thinking process and can be said to represent a form of knowledge, connecting abstract thought and manual action. Owing to their synthetic quality, models can shed light on complex aspects of a project; they address the structure of the object taking into account all the connections that exist between its parts. This is why a model should be understood not as a static representation but as a dynamic construction which emerges from the internal interplay between all the possible solutions. The performative nature of models connects thought, action and creation

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