Understanding the Knowledge Needs of Novice Designers in the Aerospace Industry

Saeema Ahmed, Ken M. Wallace

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The long-term aim of this research is to understand how to support designers through the provision of appropriate knowledge. This paper describes an empirical study that analysed the interactions between novice and experienced engineering designers in the aerospace industry. In total 633 queries between novice and experienced designers were analysed. The analysis of the queries found that novice designers were aware of their knowledge needs in only 35% of their queries. The findings have implications for the type of support required by novice designers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)155-173
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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